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The lyrical and sensual imagery of the Old Testament’s Song of Solomon is portrayed in four movements: “Morning,” “Afternoon,” “Evening,” and “Night and Daybreak.” The soundscape is derived from vocal recordings of the text and from other recorded sources: a monk singing with the monastery bells at Santissima Annunziata, near Amelia, Italy, together with cicadas and crickets recorded there by the composer; the dawn chorus in Brittany; a stream and a crackling fire. All these sounds are digitally stretched and harmonized, bringing out their inner voices and colours. The result is a Mediterranean soundscape in which all voices are singing, and the boundaries between the self and the environment are blurred. The voice becomes the environment and the environment sings with its own voice, its refrain of “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” accompanied by the Hebrew cantillation melody traditionally associated with the text.
for oboe d’amore/english horn, two digital soundtracks, and computer graphic images.
Computer graphic images by Theo Goldberg.