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Speed of Truth
(2019)

for clarinet, choir and orchestra

commission of musica viva / Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
first performance » 05/07/2019 » Munich, Herkulessaal, Musica Viva » Jörg Widmann - clarinet
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Peter Dijkstra
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Susanna Mälkki
Bärenreiter BA 11190-72

durata » 28’


to Jörg Widmann, Susanna Mälkki
and the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra


Clarinet solo in Bb
Choir (32 voices or more)
4 Clarinets in Bb
4 French horns in F 4 Marimbas
2 Pianos (4 players) 4 Accordions
Strings (6, 6, 4, 4, 2)



Texts

The end will show the whole truth.
*
To say of what is, that it is, or of what is not, that it is not, is true.
[translation to German and back]
To say what is, what it is or not, it is not, is true.
[translation to Czech and back]
Telling what it is, what it is or not, it is not, is true.
[translation to Czech and German and back]
To say what it is, what it is or not, it is not true.
[translation to Japanese and back]
It is not true to tell what it is and what it is.
[translation to Chinese and back]
Say what it is and what it is not true.
[translation to Japanese and back]
Please say that it is what it is and that it is not true.
[translation to German and Chinese and back]
Please say this is it, it is not true.
[translation to German and back]
Please say that's it, it's not true.
[translation to Japanese and back]
Please say that it is not true.
[translation to German, Japanese, Arabic, German and back]
Please say that is wrong.
[translation to Chinese, German and back]
Please say that it is wrong.
[translation to Chinese, Arabic and back]
Please tell this wrong.
[translation to German, Chinese, Arabic and back]
Please tell her wrong.
[translation to German and back]
Please tell her something wrong.
[translation to German and Chinese and back]
Please tell her that there is a problem.
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Truth is always strange.

Truth is the opinion that has survived.
The color of truth is grey.
Truth is always more colorful.
Truth is beautiful, but so are lies.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.

The language of truth is simple.

*

It does not require many words to speak the truth.

It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.
Suppose truth is a [wo]man, what then?

Truth fears no questions.

*

That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

The truth hurts, but silence kills.

Silence is the mother of truth.

Truth was the only daughter of Time.

Check the time from time to time.

*
Truth is good Health -- and Safety, and the Sky.
How meagre, what an Exile -- is a Lie,

And Vocal -- when we die --
*

If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it.

*

Falsehood flies.

Truth is always late, limping along with time.
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Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.

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Aristoteles

Jacques de Biez

Lord Byron

Emily Dickinson
Benjamin Disraeli
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Baltasar Gracián
Chief Joseph

Friedrich Nietzsche
Edgar Allan Poe
Seneca

William Shakespeare
Adlai Stevenson I
Jonathan Swift

Henry David Thoreau
Mark Twain

Leonardo da Vinci
Oscar Wilde

William the Silent