for alto/mezzo-soprano and ensemble
|Instrumentation:||Alto/mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, percussion (2), harpsichord|
|Instrumentation:||Alto/mezzo-soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, violin, percussion (2), harpsichord|
|Poems by:||Dan Pagis|
|Written for:||Ayelet Carmon|
|Premiere performance:||7 July, 1996|
Ayelet Carmon, mezzo-soprano
Roni Shifrin, flute/piccolo
Roni Barak, clarinet
Eyal Street, bassoon
Michael Zuckerman, violin
Dafna Gan, harpsichord
Pamela Jones and Alex Nemirovsky, percussion
Lior Navok, conductor
|Poems included:||1. The Elephant|
3. The Mosquito
The Bestiarius, was a common book back in the middle ages. It contained illustrations of animals, some real, some imaginary. The phoenix for example, was introduced through the Bestiaries. In his Bestiaries Israeli poet Dan Pagis, introduces six “animal” poems, from which I chose three.The text which is full with humor, gave me the opportunity to compose music that for most of the time creates a bold contrast to the written word.
The elephant, veteran general, scarred,
Elephant’s skin, patient:
On his leg’s pillar, stands a whole world of belly, but
that’s his strength: that it restrains itself from inside.
In the last moment,
with a caution of a cotton,
with independent love,
on sixteen miraculous punctual watches,
Wears four on each leg,
and slide on them lightly as on skates
Out of the elephant’s destiny.
The slowest animals
are the soft leather, big eared armchairs
In the salon’s corner.
by the shade of a philodendron’s flowerpot
or a dim Fichus.
and though they are happy to live
slower than the elephants,
they constantly sail
to an endless secret safari.
The mosquito lives
In the left ear of Titus:
It is a tiny electronic drill
And it saws in the screaming Caesar, as in a wax.
The curves of the internal maze neither mislead it,
nor tempt it at all.
It has a mysterious mission: To discover