De Profundis

De Profundis

Ruairidh Macleod

My piece is an improvisation on the violin which I created as spontaneously as possible to convey my feelings as directly as I could. A story line evolves in the improvisation: it expresses rural nostalgia, communal work, exploitation of workers by commercial interests and government, desperation, and lastly, hope.

Society’s values of greed, callousness and fear are what have turned people from social and compassionate communities into a society that is a spiral of pressure, fear, and isolation which compromises our abilities to be human and enjoy life.  Ultimately all of us are impossible to define on a piece of paper, through either their DNA or psychoanalysis, but are unique and free, and should never compromise this for the false promise of happiness through material wealth and power. To make humanity freer from alienation; we must start with each other, showing kindness and compassion to all those around us. Hope, therefore, is one of the most important values; hope to inspire compassion and encourage others who have lost all; hope that the smallest action can change the world, and that things will improve. 


John Byrne Award