Paul Griffiths


the night rider

homage to Frances-Marie Uitti

Hands tight on the reins, eyes steady forward, astride

her living wooden horse, she tears ahead.

There are others, at the side, holding searchlights to catch

her as she goes. Iannis Xenakis sees her spectacular dexterity.

John Cage smiles at her humour. Giacinto Scelsi welcomes

her gravity and intensity. Jonathan Harvey hails her wild

imagination. Gyorgy Kurtag observes her true power.

Now this.

She looks neither to right nor to left. Hands tight, eyes

steady, astride, she tears on.

Paul Griffiths