Give it time
Instrumentation: shakuhachi (1.8) and fixed media (2-channel)
Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds
Premiere: Riley Lee in Recital at Princeton University, 23 October 2016
Written for: Riley Lee, shakuhachi Grand Master
Program Notes: Inspired by "Give It Time," a poem by Wendell Berry:
Give It Time
The river is of the earth
and it is free. It is rigorously
embanked and bound,
and yet is free. “To hell
with restraint,” it says.
“I have got to be going.”
It will grind out its dams.
It will go over or around them.
They will become little pieces.
- Wendell Berry