The Ships Are Made Ready
Recital Aria #2 for Contralto, Viola, and Guitar
by Christopher Fulkerson
The Fantastical Domains are two short studies in the use of the Pitch Multiplication System developed by Pierre Boulez, which I have used in several compositions. Boulez calls each group of pitches a "Domain," and the flexibility of this system led me to some musical adventures I've always been pleased with. The other of the Fantastical Domains is THE VIRGIN IN THE FIELDS.
In some of the pieces I have written using this technique I have also used my technique of planned speeds and forms; instead, in this piece, I used the scale of speeds used in THE RECOGNITIONS.
The text is from a poem by W.S.Merwin, who gave his permission personally in writing for me to use this poem. Mr. Merwin and I were introduced through the kind offices of our mutual friend, the music critic and psychologist, Paul Moor. The piece was written in 1984, and is two minutes long.