Vernon Cyrenius David
Vernon Cyrenius David studied cello at Peabody
conservatory in Baltimore Maryland with Mihaly Virizlay and has a Masters
Degree in Composition from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He studied
composition with Hubert Bird and Salvatore Macchia. He was also selected
to participate in the June in Buffalo Festival where his String Quartet was
performed by the Arditti Quartet. Recently he was commissioned to compose
Metamorphosis a piece for 7 cellos and poetic recitation with Poet Banafshé
Larijani for the Beauvais Festival in France. Mr David presently lives and
works in Europe and Northampton-MA USA.
The pieces I have posted on the site are works I
have done since 2000. Around that time I went through a stylistic change
which began with the Piece for Cello. Perhaps it can be thought of as the
combination of modern techniques with something else. The something else
is traditional only in the sense of its melodic profile. Some of this is
inspired by contemporary visual art where something representational is double-
coded with something abstract. What becomes of interest is the blurring of
the edge between the two. This same method is continued in the Piano Quartet.
This piece is actually a set of interconnected miniatures or phrases. The
illusion of meaning accrues as the piece unfolds through time. It was composed
in a process of daily examination. In each session I would reabsorb the previous
material until it revealed to me what it desired to do in the next phrase.
Once a phrase was composed it was not altered. The Architectural sense is
Metamorphosis is a piece for poet and seven cellos.
A very short line of Banafshé Larijani's poetry is the source of all
the musical imagery for each of the four movments.The third movement is a
miniature cello concerto. This way of working is suggestive of the artists
Anselm Kifer or Cy twombly whose canvases integrate words into the idea and
texture of the painting.