CON FORZA, PART IV: THE PROPER TASK

The following play The Proper Task – W.I.P., is the fourth part of Con Forza, variations on music and power in four parts. (Parts I, II, III).

Gruppo del Laocoonte (CC BY 2.0)

CHARACTER
COMPOSER Any age, gender, nationality, race, etc. Decent jazz,
blues composition chops.

TIME
Of the performance

PLACE The stage

NOTE
Art is the proper task of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power



(The COMPOSER sits at a piano with
manuscript paper. S/he plays with various instrumental and vocal ideas, rejecting and refining, perhaps never performing the whole. It is up to the performer when to end.)

                               COMPOSER
                     Past midnight’s cordial hour
                     Before the bleak of dawn
                     Crumpled drafts ’cross a lino rug
                     Turin Horse Mule Blues

                     Big Smoke, Winter ’53
                     Silenus Kermode/Louisiana Fats
                     Rewrites faraway and free

                     Hello chaps, just got back
                     Louisiana looking for the Soho shack
                     Oh won’t you jump now, children?
                     Strange fruit out of sight (never mind)

                     Said pity’s slavish tricky
                     Till Nietzsche Fritz he feel that whip (bis)
                     Man beat Overman
                     Lid flip for good
                     (Equine fate unknown)

                     Sister sell him down the river …

                     By London’s dark water
                     We sit down
                     Songs of Insanity
                     Spin on deep