Then We Wound Through An Aura of Golden Yellow Gauze

1967

A 36-inch diameter circular score with constellations of graphics figures and a transparent overlay that can be rotated giving road maps for various ways to traverse the configuration space of symbols; instructions and dictionaries for interpreting the symbols have been written for flute, trombone, electric guitar, percussion, and piano/electric harpsichord; other versions can be constructed for different ensembles; texts in several sections for two actresses, accompanied by rules for traveling through the symbols corresponding to each section, are included; alternative versions with or without the texts may be arranged. Reduced-size score with instructions is included in the book, Collected Scores, (Hanover, NH: Frog Peak Music).

The work was written for musicians at the Center for Creative and Performing Arts in the State University of New York at Buffalo, who premiered it at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and at Carnegie Recital in New York City. The PHOTO below shows the late composer, William Duckworth (holding trombone) leading his group in a performance of the piece, probably at Bucknell University in the early 1970s. Duckworth and Rosenboom studied at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign during overlapping periods of the 1960s. [Click on photo to see full frame.]