This work was written for Jane Manning and Roger Montgomery, who gave the first performance at the Glasgow Musica Nova Festival on 16th September 1990.
It is a free transcription of the aria Wer Bist du? Frage dein Gewissen from J.S.Bach’s Cantata No 132 Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn. For the moral improvement of the audience, it is suggested that the original text of the aria is read out in a fierce voice before, or perhaps during performances:
Horn part is written in F. Text: Lawrence Ferlinghetti