for voice, flute, violin, ‘cello
Premiere: Ensemble Pamplemousse, April 2013 (13 minutes)

Score Sample

Inexpressible was written for Ensemble Pamplemousse with the intent that the piece’s constituent instrumental parts could be taken apart from the whole and performed singly and, or reordered. The piece was written in a highly polyphonic and contrapuntal manner, ensuring that each instrumental part may have a “sense” when performed separately.


Excerpted from Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
First published in the original German in 1921
The English translations are from the Pears & McGuinness translation (1961) and are provided as a guide for understanding the text only; the English is not used in the piece.
(5.6) Die Grenzen meiner sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.
(The limits of my language mean the limits of my world)
(5.62) …die Welt meine Welt
(…the world is my world)
(5.621) Die Welt und das Leben sins Eins
(The world and life are one)
(5.63) Ich bin meine Welt. (Der Mikrokosmos)
(I am my world. (The microcosm))
(6.4311) Der Tod ist kein Ereignis des Lebens. Den Tod erlebt man nicht […] Unser Leben ist ebenso endlos, wie unser Gesichtsfeld grenzenlos ist.
(Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death…Our life has no end in just the way in which our visual field has no limits)
(6.44) Nicht wie die Welt ist, ist das Mystische, sondern dass sie ist.
(It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists)
(6.5) Zu einer Antwort, die man nicht aus sprechen kann, kann man auch die Frage nicht aussprechen.
(When the answer cannot be put into words, neither can the question be put into words.)
(6.521) Die Lösing des Problems des Lebens merkt man am Verschwinden dieses Problems
(The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of the problem.)
(6.522) Es gibt allerdings Unaussprechliches. Dies zeigt sich, es ist das Mystische.
(There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical.)