BESTIARIUS

for alto / mezzo-soprano and ensemble

Duration:

11 minutes
 

Instrumentation:   

alto / mezzo-soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet,
bassoon, violin, percussion (2), harpsichord

Year Composed:  

1995

 

Poems By:

Dan Pagis

Poems Included:

1. The Elephant
2. Armchairs
3. The Mosquito

Language:

Hebrew

Written For:

Ayelet Carmon

 

Premiere Performance:

7 July, 1996
Jerusalem, Israel
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

Program Notes:

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.

 
 

Alto and Ensemble | Mezzo-Soprano and Ensemble | vocal music in Hebrew

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Lior Navok, composer | contemporary music composer | new music composer