Work

Possible Nudity (1988)

Linda Bouchard

viola, cello, and piano

Commission: Loïs Martin

Program Notes

Possible Nudity was composed during a residency at the Yaddo Foundation in Saratoga Springs, New York during the month of December 1987. We are hearing tonight the trio version of the original instrumentation which was for solo viola, cello, bass, harp and percussion.

Looking at the score again now, I’m reminded of how I wrote the piece in the winter, and how the landscape out my window transformed from a bleak, frozen winter stillness to a landscape blanketed in snow. Aspects of this transformation informed the writing—there and back again. I was reminded of how things are hidden. The structure reflects this assembly: large sections are separated and interspersed with smaller short sections that, together, offer a sense of contrast.

As I listen to this piece now some 24 years later, I realize that this might be the most melodic writing I have ever done—as in, a lyrical line and melody with textures and timbres. Orchestral color as the basis of this approach remains a primary building block for my writing to this day.