MOVED TO TEARS
"You cannot, sir, take from me anything that I will more willingly part withal – except my life, except my life, except my life."
1st movement: Vivace
A young busker entertains a subte audience by playing a little-known percussion instrument, called a hang drum, developed in Switzerland at the turn of the millennium. All are entranced, but one man in particular is moved more than most. When the busker finishes, he walks along the aisle seeking remuneration for his art. Some give a little before he reaches the moved man, who empties his pockets, then his wallet and goes on to look in his bag for further funds until he has no more money left to give. The busker, along with the travelling public, is stunned as the man then proceeds to strip, giving literally everything he has to the busker, except his body, except his sorrow, except his life. The moved man then takes his leave, and trudges off into the night.
2nd movement: Grave
A crying man stands on the edge of a bridge, poised to jump, when a young busker descries him and quickly starts to play his instrument, a hang drum. The crying man stops and decries him, moved.