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COOLEY Street Haunting
Seeded by iecontent1 on 21 Mar 2018
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Author: Curtis Institute of Music
Emily Cooley: Street Haunting Shannon Lee, violin Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola Jean Kim, cello Performed on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia The composer shares this note about her work: I composed this piece during a time when I was taking frequent walks around Philadelphia. I fortuitously encountered the essay "Street Haunting" by Virginia Woolf around this same time. Woolf's beautiful meditation on wandering, identity, and city life seemed very appropriate to my own life and creative process. These are her words: "Is the true self neither this nor that, neither here nor there, but something so varied and wandering that it is only when we give the rein to its wishes and let it take its way unimpeded that we are indeed ourselves?" This piece exists in conversation with Woolf's reflections on identity, solitude, and the ways in which letting ideas wander can be ultimately freeing. Each movement of my piece is titled with a p