‘Tales from a land of mountains…’: from the preface to the Grimms’ Kinder- und Hausmärchen.
‘Keys, lightly touched’: Kurtág’s Játékok (Games) is a collection of short piano pieces, originally intended for children. ‘Flowers We Are…’ consists of seven notes. ‘Perpetuum mobile’ is created by running a hand up and down the keys. ‘Green branch, green branch…’ is my version of a line sung in a Hungarian children’s game. A colinda is a traditional Christmas or winter solstice song.
‘Day by day, good day’: Lines in italic are from interviews with Peter Dreher in Peter Dreher: Just Painting (Occasional Papers, 2014).
‘A pencil draws a line across a ground’: the derivation of the placename Borrowdale is ‘valley with a fort’.
‘The alchemy of circumstance and chemistry’: Tacita Dean’s description of analogue photography in her book Analogue: Drawings 1991–2006 (Steidl, 2006).
‘Ink lines for Agnes Martin’: the phrase ‘We need more and different flags’ from a text by Agnes Martin in Arne Glimcher, Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances (Phaidon, 2012). ‘The ocean full to the brim’ from the artist in conversation, quoted in the same. ‘Falling Blue’, title of a painting by Agnes Martin.