Chemigrams: Lost Manuscripts

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This body of imagery stems from my romanticizing about the discovery of musical works that have disappeared due to war, revolution or careless misfiling. The series is based on lost manuscripts such as Stravinsky’s “Funeral Dirge,” dedicated to and played at the funeral of Rimsky Korsakov (now perhaps buried somewhere in the Moscow Conservatory), as well as the 1934 composition “Concertino for Piano and Orchestra” by Karl Szymanowski, destroyed by the Nazis when they demolished the National Library in Poland. I imagine how these manuscripts would appear after many years lost in the far corner of some old attic or damp cellar. I try to reconstruct these musical remnants, how I imagine them, worn away by intense heat, moisture and neglect, but still revealing the brilliant hand of the composer.