Orianna Webb -- Works
The four pieces that make up Mosaic were inspired by Coleman Barks' translations of the poems of the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi. The translations capture both heartbreaking beauty and playful humor, often with little boundary in between. Movement 1, for bassoon alone, relates to a poem about how each person is like a reed cut from the reedbed, singing because it longs to be reunified with its source. The second movement is inspired by a poem about identification with the noise created by the busy bustle of human life. Movement 3 evokes the intimate interior of a sheltering space. "The Turn," movement 4, is a response to the ecstatic dance of the dervishes which I was priveleged to view in Cairo, Egypt.
The ceramic mosaic was one of the characteristic media of the great tradition of Islamic art. The word refers both to the work of art as a whole and to any of the individual ceramic tiles that were used to create it. In the same spirit, the four pieces making up my Mosaic can be played all together or separately in any combination.
Mosaic was commissioned by Renee Anthony Dee, bassoonist, and Robert Frankenberry, pianist, for premiere at the 2001 International Double Reed Society Conference in Morgantown, WV.
Coleman Barks' Rumi translations can be found in The Essential Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks with John Moyne; Castle Books, 1997.