Outline of a We
seven pieces for chorus and orchestra
mit words by → Cyrus Atabay and → Georg W. Bush

ca. 17-19 Min.
composed 2004, first performance 2005

sopr-rec, alto-rec, picc, fl, ob, clar, alto-sax, ten-sax, bsn - horn, tp, tbn - git, e-bass - 2 fourhd. pno. -
4 perc (each 3 iron tubes, 3 wooden pieces, 3 drums, 2 sheet metal) - chorus (SATB) - 1. vl, 2. vl, va, cello, db

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to piece 2

You want to save the words
to get up on bumpy days,
so enfold them
shimmering veil
out of doubt and ambiguity,
so that no everyday prayer can reach them,
or let her rest
in juniper wood trunks,
far away in an abandoned home,
where the juniper bushes cannot be uprooted
from the harsh, stony ground.
Cyrus Atabay

to piece 4

But we want to stick
to the fractions,
it is the most variable part
our only part,
even the granite
doesn't trust his toughness.
that a rogue
hiding behind the disguises;
he would not be blamed for it,
when he has his house
(weary of intrusions)
through the back door.
Cyrus Atabay

to piece 6 - In the piece the words are got mixed up.

Our second goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening America or our friends and allies with weapons of mass destruction. Some of these regimes have been pretty quiet since September the 11th. But we know their true nature. North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.

Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.

Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens - leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections - then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

George W. Bush, from the government statement of 29th January, 2002.

to piece 7

Of different duration than mountains,
they walk in peace
and unshakable.
More like a snowflake,
blown and delayed,
on the lucky one, feeling his way,
on the way to the meeting place
in infinity.
Cyrus Atabay
from: Cyrus Atabay: Gedichte. 1991. p. 140, 130 and 137.


First performance:
2005, June 22nd: Liebfrauenschule Oldenburg, chorus and orchestra of the Liebfrauenschule, cond. by → Mathias Kroll

further performances:
2005, July 1st: Münster
2005, July 2nd: Münster