Squonk Diptych

for portative organ

Prach Boondiskulchok

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for portative organ

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Composer Prach Boondiskulchok
Year of Composition 2019
Duration ca.5'
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-pb1sd1


The two movements for the medieval portativ organ is based on one of Jorge Luis Borges’ creature from his faux-medieval bestiary The Book of Imaginary Beings. The Squonk was described by Borges: “Because of its misfitting skin, which is covered with warts and moles,it is always unhappy; in fact it is said, by people who are best able to judge, to be the most morbid of beasts. Hunters who are good at tracking are able to follow a squonk by its tear-stained trail, for the animal weeps constantly. When cornered and escape seems impossible, or when surprised and frightened, it may even dissolve itself in tears.”

Commissioned by Catalina Vicens. World premiere: Bijloke, Ghent, 10 Nov 2019.