Thoreau, 1850 – Admonitions

………Do a little more of that work which you have sometime confessed to be good… Do what you reprove yourself for not doing. Know that you are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with yourself without reason… [C]ultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success… Have you not a pretty good thinking faculty…? Does not the stream still rise to its fountainhead in you? Go to the devil and come back again. Dispose of evil… Die, if you can. Depart… If you know of any risk to run, run it. If you don’t know of any, enjoy confidence. Do not trouble yourself to be religious. You will never get a thank you for it… Do not entertain doubts if they are not agreeable to you. Send them to the tavern… Do not read the newspapers. Improve every opportunity to be melancholy. Be as melancholy as you can be, and note the result. Rejoice with fate… Do not engage to find things as you think they are. Do what nobody can do for you. Omit to do everything else……

In the year 1987, maestro Kyle Ghann, an eminent musicologist and composer from USA composed work named “The Stream” for solo soprano and percussion ensemble. This work was finally performed in June 2014 by Australian-Croatian soprano Helena Mamich and Uncut Percussion Ensemble from ANU. Premiere of this work took its place at Larry Sitsky Hall, Australian National University.