This Evidence

(2007, 7′)

Monologue For Chamber Orchestra
Words by Benjamin Rogers
Written for a reading and recording session with Alarm Will Sound


Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, B-flat Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, B-flat Trumpet, Trombone
Violin, Viola 1*, Viola 2*, Cello*, Double Bass*
(*also speaks)


for some reason we humans keep on trying to do ourselves harm. we group together and pick fights and dominate our own humanity by regulating, dissecting, and dismembering our fellow humans. we are able to express our outrage of our handling of race or gender issues in the past and simultaneously seek out our most private parts to declare war upon.

so how does one stand up to the interrogations of the many? some protest outwardly while others simply sequester themselves behind some internal wall. either way, we humans also keep on trying to survive.

– Benjamin Rogers


February 10th, 2009 Alarm Will Sound, in residence at Duke University (recording session)