The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: ambedo
Player I - IV: One Vibraphone (Shared), (Bowed and Banjo Picks), 5 octave Marimba
Program note: The concept for this piece comes from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a collection of words invented by John Koenig that “aims to fill a hole in the [English] language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.” The title for this piece comes from the definition for “ambedo.”
ambedo n. a kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details— raindrops skittering down a window, tall trees leaning in the wind, clouds of cream swirling in your coffee—which leads to a dawning awareness of the haunting fragility of life, a mood whose only known cure is the vuvuzela.
- John Koenig, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
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