Volker Blumenthaler

Picture´s rust

for soprano and bass clarinet 1991


William Hogarth (1697-1764)

...let the picture rust.
Perhaps Time´s price-enhancing dust
As statues molder into earth,
when I´m no more ·[may mark] its work
And future connaisseurs may rise,
Honest and ours, [and full and wise,]
To puff the piece and painter too,
[And make me then, what Guido´s now].