Chapter One, Page One (2008)
Ian Dicke, composer
Joanna Martin, flute
University of Texas at Austin
November 20, 2009
Chapter One, Page One is a celebration of Henry Millers unique and often controversial literary works. Expatriating himself from the American mainstream culture of mediocrity and resignation, Millers anti-capitalist, anti-nationalist, and anti-puritan views border somewhere between nihilism and eastern philosophy. The text used in the piece (spoken and sung by the flautist) comes from a short excerpt of Millers landmark Tropic of Cancer:
It is now the fall of my second year in Paris.
I was sent here for a reason I have not yet been able to fathom.
I have no money, no resources, no hope.
I am the happiest man alive.