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Decomposition (2023)

for solo soprano, 2 violins | 00:04:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Melissa Dunphy

Commissioned by Glass Clouds Ensemble for the Yellow Barn Residency.

Casper's Law states
that if all other factors are equal,
a body with free access to air
will decompose twice as fast
than if immersed in water.
A body immersed in water
will decompose four times faster
than if laid in earth.

Colder temperatures
decrease decomposition.
Warm temperatures
increase decomposition.

We become earth,
We become water,
We become air.

Artwork by Melissa Dunphy


  • 03 Jun, 2023: Glass Clouds Ensemble at Earth Matter NY, New York, NY
  • 06 Apr, 2023: Glass Clouds Ensemble at Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY