Only, only, only, only

Adam Basanta

Only, only, only, only has been performed in Montréal and Utrecht…

Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart. Borderline saccharine, overbearing in its sentiment; it wears its heart on its sleeve, an odd voice floats over. It fills me with nostalgia for its own dated sentimentality, a contemplative melancholia for the bittersweet imagined at another time.

A melodic transcription, stretched and condensed, flipped and overlapped. I never know how to choose notes anyway, so today I choose a choice made by somebody else.

It is amplified, it feeds back melodically. Rarely is the order of notes affected, and yet the original is barely recognized: it is a mist draping over, a hazy daydream or a half-remembered moment.

The song is a ray of light, refracted by a prism. It goes through me, and ends up at the other side. It is twice sentimental, twice melancholic, twice lost in thought.

Premiere

  • April 28, 2018, Composer’s Kitchen 2018: Concert, Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal (Québec)

Only, only, only, only

  • Adam Basanta
  • Year of composition: 2018
  • Instrumentation: string quartet and 4-channel feedback system

Concerts

28 Apri 2018
6:00 pm
Série QB
Alexandropoulos-McEwanBasantaMorozMorrison
Residency
Montréal (Québec)
7 Sept 2018
10:15 pm
Alexandropoulos-McEwanBasantaMorozMorrison
Residency
Utrecht (Netherlands)
4 Octo 2018
8:00 pm
Série QB
BasantaBouchardHétuNormandSt-Onge
Montréal (Québec)
5 Octo 2018
8:00 pm
Série QB
BasantaBouchardDeromeHétuNormand
Montréal (Québec)

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