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for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Percussion
1998
12:05

This is based on the biblical text of the same name, sometimes called "Song of Solomon," a lengthy poem about love told from three different points of view.

The two principal characters are male and female, as indicated by the gender of the Hebrew pronouns used, and their narratives are interspersed with occasional commentary by others, called "friends," who serve a role akin to the chorus in the plays of Greek antiquity. Biblical commentators suggest the text was written by different authors at different times, as the style and content is not consistent.

I chose to set only a small fraction of the text to music, all of it from the point of view of the female, or "beloved." I was attracted by the sensuous quality present in much of the "Song." My musical setting is fairly simple, basically tonal, and in sections corresponding with the mood changes of the text, which I chose and adapted freely.

It takes a while to get going, so you may want to dim the lights, slip on the headphones, and relax! Oh, and for the most part, the cello represents the male character, and the violin the female. The percussionist is helping to set the overal mood, and providing commentary occasionally.
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Song of Songs
(excerpts from Biblical text, a.k.a. Song of Solomon)

O, kiss me with the kisses of your mouth,
for your lips are more delightful than wine.

Oh how handsome you are,
pleasing is your fragrance,
take me to your chambers.

I am a rose of Sharon,
I am a lily of the valleys,
(let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth)
for his love is more delicious than wine.

My perfume spreads its fragrance.
I am dark, and lovely,
my lover is to me a sachet of myrrh
resting between my breasts.

My lover is mine and I am his,
he browses among the lilies.
Let him kiss me among the lilies,
among the lilies.

Oh how handsome you are,
and our bed is luscious.

All night long on my bed
I looked for the one my heart loves,
I then got up to go about the city,
through its streets and squares;
So I searched for the one I love,
but did not find him.
The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.
“Have you seen the one my heart loves?”
Scarcely had I passed them
when I found him!

Then I held him and would not let him go,
till I had brought him to my mother's house,
to the room in which I was conceived.

He kissed me with the kisses of his mouth.

My lover is mine and I am his,
he browses among the lilies,
among the lilies.
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ktb said 4750 days ago (August 16th, 2006)
riveting
From the slow and emotional almost arabic opera parts to the lushed
faster paced string sections this was totally engrossing. imho, a
magical assortment of well-chosen and beautifully played tracks. The
female vocal was stunning. Deep sadness and even dark at times it still
conveyed a very direct link to my core. Clark, you challenge your
listeners. :-) in all good ways
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composerclark said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
riveting
Wow John, those are extremely thoughtful comments! Thanks very much. The
quasi-middle eastern flavour in some of it was intentional, although I didn't
base it on any specific middle-eastern scales or tunes. I just noodled around
with ideas until I came up with something that sounded vaguely evocative of the
part of the world where this poem originated.

Thanks again; I appreciate it.

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seamus said 4750 days ago (August 16th, 2006)
Combo of music
I have a friend from israel who plays both the cello,violin, etc. when she heard this song, she cried,I think the mix of vocal and instuments is great.
Thanks,
Seamus
composerclark said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
Combo of music
Thanks for sharing this with me, Seamus. It's always interesting when music
triggers tears -- it often does so for me, and the reason isn't always obvious.

In the case of Song of Songs, the text expresses many things, including
beauty, longing, intimacy, love. When I wrote it, I had been on my own for a
number of years, and so I think my own memories of these things (and the
longing I felt for them) probably worked their way into the music in some
way.

Possibly the text has special significance for your friend is from Israel,
because the Song of Songs (“Shir HaShirim”) is one of the five “Megilot,” or
Sacred Scrolls, that are part of the Hebrew Bible and is recited on Pesach, the
holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Jewish People from slavery in
Egypt.

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Ed Hannifin said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
Clark, this is lovely.
Somehow it manages to be both stark and rich. Great sonorities in the
recording. I particularly perked up at the marimba-sounding tones there
in the middle. The mind remembers it as having more parts than it has...
Sometimes there are only two lines going on, but it sounds big and full.
Sopranos sometims grate on my ears; the woman singing here has
wonderful pitch and phrasing. Beyond this, I'm just not competent to even
comment...

Ed
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composerclark said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
Clark, this is lovely.
Thanks very much, Ed. I think we grew up playing similar kinds of music--I
played and listened to folk music in the 60's and 70's, so when I started
becoming more interested in classical music, the style of singing was one I
mostly didn't care for. I think I've always prefered a pure voice with little or
no vibrato. Having said that, however, I was very happy with the performance
on this recording, and you're right, she is a wonderful musician with amazing
rhythm and pitch.

The fullness of the sound also impressed me; I wasn't sure how full it would
sound when I wrote it, especially since there are many sections for just the
violin and cello, and I was concerned that they'd sound a bit thin, but the
players did a great job producing a very full sound.

You're as qualified as anyone to comment on this kind of music, and I really
appreciate hearing your thoughts. I don't write music for academics, fellow
composers, or some rarified sector of the classical music audience. I
basically write stuff I'd like to hear, and my aim is generally to try to write
stuff that anyone might be able to relate to.

Thanks again!

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chikoppi said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
Rich
Very cool. Edgy even, in a way. Not at all sentimental, but romantic and
loaded with intensity.

The little interlude in the middle (energetic fiddles just before "Oh how
handsome you are") caught me off guard. I'm curious why you chose
such a contrasting style to follow the middle eastern verse that
preceded it?

It hardly needs to be said, but the musicians in this piece are
wonderful, as is the recording of their performance.

I need to give this another listen when I have the time to devote my full
attention to it. It isn't the kind of thing that can be absorbed casually.
Thanks for posting such a lovely song!
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composerclark said 4750 days ago (August 17th, 2006)
Rich
Hi Brian, thanks for stopping by. You ask an excellent question! In fact,
others have wondered about that as well. My reason for the mood shift is
that we have just finished hearing a seductive and exotic section where the
the singer is describing a beautiful, perfect love between lovers, and the last
line is:

"Let him kiss me among the lilies."

Basically, by having the music switch to a happy, energy-filled fiddle tune, I
am trying to convey the joy she feels when her lover kisses her, and very
likely (in my mind, anyway), they don't just stop with the kissing! So all is
happy and bouncy and bubbly, they're having a grand old time, after which
they have a rest while she reflects on how good she's got it:

"Oh how handsome you are,
and our bed is luscious."

It's my way of letting the music tell parts of the story that are only hinted at in
the text.

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GUION said 4749 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Perfect
Very good cultured, deep music, total of quality. It will be from today in
my collection of classic. Congratulations.

Like always, Clark, your musical world is at another superior level.
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composerclark said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Perfect
That's a very nice thing to say, Juan, and I really appreciate it! I'm glad you were
able to have a listen -- muchas gracias!

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haribo said 4749 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Truely mesmerised by...
Truely mesmerised by the arrangement incorporating various sonority of
instruments. The combination of ethnically twisted sounds & tones and
the intricate structure is indeed aesthetically satisfying :) I especially
enjoyed the switching to string section and marimba! so dramatic :):)

I tend to be far too dis-engaged when it comes to a biblical story
(because i know i am too sinful :-D ) but this piece gave me a warm
romantic vibe all over me :) really thanks for sharing!
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composerclark said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Truely mesmerised by...
Wow! What a nice comment; thanks very much, Hún Km! I guess
you'll be heading back to London soon? I hope you will still have time to
compose music?

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Bowman said 4749 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Touching.
As always interesting and compelling music from you Clark. I loved the
ancient soundings juxtaposed against contemporary idioms - the beat
bongos against the somber plaintive soprano (who was terrific).
I particularly liked the Middle Eastern strains to this piece bringing us
back to a long ago time and place. You've made accessible and very clear
the longings and desires that inspired this piece are just as powerful
today as then. Very enjoyable and touching music.

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composerclark said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Touching.
A very thoughtful comment from you as always, Charles. Thanks very much.
I'm glad you like the singer; I think she's a terrific musician too. The beauty of
bible stories, or really any ancient stories that survive today, is that they speak
to qualities of human experience that will never change. Emotionally, we appear
to be wired pretty much the same now as we were 3,000 years ago.

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Willywagga said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Purely
What a fantastic voice, while I don't know much about this genre this is
beautifully rich and sonorus. The sentiment reminds me of Saint-Saens
'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix' from Samson and Delilah. Very heady and
exotic. I'm also thinking of Dawn Upshaw album 'Girl With Orange Lips"
Beautiful.
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composerclark said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
Purely
Hey, those are some highfallutin' references, buddy! I love Dawn Upshaw's
voice; she can do so many things with it. I should try to look her up on the
Internet and see if she wants to sing this, ha ha! Thanks so much for the
comment; I just left one for your latest, which I really enjoyed.

Cheers.

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jiguma said 4748 days ago (August 18th, 2006)
very relaxing experience
Clark, I don't pretend to have any experience even listening in this
genre, but I can appreciate what you've done here. Listening was a
very relaxing experience for me. I am unable to offer any critical
comment except to say that I'd like to know more about the recording
- who plays/sings, how it was recorded etc. It's funny that we each
find the other's tracks a little long : )
Congratulations!
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composerclark said 4747 days ago (August 19th, 2006)
very relaxing experience
Hi, the recording was of a live performance, and the singer was Carolyn Hart, a
former colleague, with Alison McLlelan on violin, Theo Weber and cello, and
Dave Humphries playing percussion. Alison and Theo were (and still are)
principal players in our symphony, and Dave was a student. All were friends,
which made working with them a pleasure. Thanks for having a listen!

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Scott Carmichael said 4746 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
bongos in opera?????
have you lost your mind???? seriously I often have the same reaction
when I digest your posts..."I don't know much" and my musical
vocabulaty is limited... I have radio trained ears and there is so much
more out there... I have to sit with this for awhile before the emotional
content reaches me.... I end up wondering what I would be doing if I
had more education... I've always leaned on the lyric to evoke an
emotional response, or at least it starts there... here it comes from
some place completely different, and it has nothing to do with
technical training as far as I can see... (I have known technically trained
musicians that are so steril that they can suck the soul out of James
Brown)... it's more of a story telling or sound scape or a place the
music takes me too... YES used to transport me... some of the cheapest
travel by the way.... I%u2019ve always longed to be able to express myself in
this way... but my songs never go there... Did you have this ability
before you studied composition?.. How did you end up down this
road? and did you find that the further you traveled down this road the
fewer listeners you%u2019ve had?
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composerclark said 4745 days ago (August 21st, 2006)
bongos in opera?????
Hi Scott,

Yes, I've lost my mind! This happened years ago, and frankly, I don't miss it...
Thanks for asking! :+)

Scott, you and I are around the same age, and we probably grew up playing
and listening to the similar kinds of music. I *still* love folk/rock and a lot of
pop music, but somewhere along the way I became very interested in lots of
different kinds of music, first jazz, and then classical, and then contemporary
classical. And I spent a ridiculous amount of time in school studying this
stuff and working various part-time jobs to get by until I was in my mid-
thirties. It was a completely crazy way to get to where I am, and I wouldn't
recommend it to anyone!

But, as I have mentioned other times, I never intentionally write for a narrow,
highly-educated 'classical' audience. I just try to write what I'd like to hear if I
were in an audience, and I guess I'm hoping that if I like it, maybe other
people will like it too. Of course, I'll never know to what exent ordinary music
lovers would like my music if they heard it, because this music is rarely
played on the radio (although most of my stuff has been broadcast at some
point; just not many repeat broadcasts), it mostly isn't available on CD, and I
lack a promotion/publicity machine. I have brought this up with my wife, but
she claims she has a full-time job already, and therefore won't become my
publicist/manager. hehe, as McB would say.

Anyway, I spent all those years in training, then tried to mostly forget it all
and use my instincts when I finally finished my musical schooling. Before I
studied composition I wrote songs, really, really bad ones, embarrasingly bad,
really. So no, whatever ability I have now wasn't in evidence when I started
out. My teachers never directly told me this, but I could tell they thought I
didn't have much potentia when I started, because I was producing such low-
quality stuff. But I'm a stubborn guy when it comes to some things, and I just
stuck with it, hoping to reach a point one day when I'd be able to not
embarass myself with my music. Probably what happened was that I aquired
music tools during all the years of study (incl. better ears), and this helped
develop whatever dormant instincts I had.

You ask a lot of very interesting questions, none more-so than the last one:

"Did you find that the further you traveled down this road the fewer listeners
you've had?"

Interestingly, this particular piece ('song of songs') is thus far showing signs
of becoming one of my least popular at MacJams (in terms of hits/
downloads), but as a general trend, no, the further I travled down the road,
the more listeners I had. But really, it's never amounted to a lot of listeners
or anything.

You know the saying, 'if you build it, they will come'? I think you can build it,
but in music, unless someone promotes it, they won't come.

Thanks for the great questions and comment, and sorry for such a long-
winded reply!

(BTW, the drums you hear are congas or djembe)

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scratch_harris said 4741 days ago (August 25th, 2006)
Handsome indeed
I only read the book of Solomon once. I was sleeping over at some wiccan
friends of mine and though their house was full of spell books and juicy
arcane texts my eyes were continually drawn to their Bible. I opened it on
said book. It spoke to me that wisdom faithfully sought would surely be
found. The beauty of this piece took me straight back and reminded me
why I became obsessed with composing in the first place. It is the noblest
most universal quest for truth that has blessed us and to share it is
indeed wisdom.

Cheers for that!
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composerclark said 4722 days ago (September 13th, 2006)
Handsome indeed
The reply function is back, hence the late response!

Thanks very much for the comment, Jon. I was interested to read about your
experience reading the Song of Songs; there's some pretty wild stuff in there.
And I'm glad you're obsessed with composing; you do it very well, and I hope
there'll be lots more coming from you.

Cheers, Clark

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Scorpjammer said 4739 days ago (August 27th, 2006)
Mesmerizing and hypnotizing
A wonderous and timeless journey.

Thanks for taking me there, Clark.

I will be sending out this link to my non-Macjam friends.

No doubt this will blow them away.


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composerclark said 4722 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
reply
Thanks for the kind comment, Erwin. Your generosity astounds me! And it is
much appreciated, for sure!

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sumpter said 4725 days ago (September 10th, 2006)
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
This piece remind me of the biblical story, The Greatest Love Story Ever told. I am not familiar with which book of the bible its in. But your tunes intermingle with modern day and ancient tunes. Very unigue format and peaceful. It comes across very tradional but with a new day spirit.

Lawrence
composerclark said 4722 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
e Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Thanks very much for your comment, Leonard, and a hearty welcome to
MacJams! I'm not sure if this is what you're referring to, but there's a book
called "Dumachas and Sheba: The greatest love story ever told" by Leonard Wise,
but I haven't read it. Maybe it's about the same thing? The Song of Songs (also
known as Song of Solomon) does not, to my knowledge, have names for two
principal characters; it just uses "he" and "she" to designate who is saying what.
But maybe Leonard Wise's book is about the same thing, but he gives them
names? Who knows.

Anyway, again, thanks so much for the nice comment, and I hope you enjoy all
that MacJams has to offer!

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composerclark said 4713 days ago (September 23rd, 2006)
oops
oops! I mean Lawrence. Sorry about that!

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Einarus said 4721 days ago (September 14th, 2006)
A well-planned journey
I've never understood how it is possible to write pieces like this. How one
can write 12 minutes of story telling (not to mention the 30 hour long
Verdi operas (slight exaggeration, I admit)) without succumbing to clichs
and stuff everybody has heard before.
Well, it has boggled my mind ever since I was a kid (not that many years
ago, mind you) watching my dad writing.

Anyway - a very nice piece of work!
You bring a wonderful amount professionalism to this place.

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composerclark said 4717 days ago (September 18th, 2006)
A well-planned journey
Thanks Einar, you always make such nice comments! Trust me, when I was
your age the music I made wasn't anywhere near as good as yours. I just
stuck with it 'till the music I was writing didn't embarrass me so much. But
the stuff I wrote at the beginning was just terrible! I have no idea why I stuck
with it for so long. Probably a lack of other options!

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Doadars Uncle said 4682 days ago (October 24th, 2006)
Hey Clark!
The instruments set a very nice environment for the soprano.
Intoxicating. There seems to be several cultural influences: Midde
Eastern; American; Jazz (probably more, but I am no expert). Unexpected
and refreshing! Nice treatment to this expression of Love. I am
impressed with your work!
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composerclark said 4678 days ago (October 28th, 2006)
Hey Doug!
I'm glad you found this and were able to have a listen, and thanks for the great comment! You're right, there are different stylistic influences here; I enjoy music of many different cultures, and I only wish I had time to study/play it more.

Thanks again!

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jefferson987 said 4617 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
Twisted
And I mean that in a good way. This merry go round of strange harmonies is truly music to my ears. I'm pretty sure it's been said many times already on this page, but this is truly a good composition! I wish I could have my compositions recorded like this.
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composerclark said 4617 days ago (December 27th, 2006)
Thanks
Thanks very much for your comments; they are much appreciated.

A fact of life for composers is that we are dependent on others for the performance of our music, unless we compose pieces that can be performed by ourselves (like Chopin) or realized electronically. For years it was a struggle to get anything performed, and while it still can be a challenge sometimes, the process became significantly easier when I got the job I now have, because some of the best performers in this country are my colleagues, and they are usually happy to perform my music. To top it off, we have excellent recording facilities here, so performances are always well-recorded.

If I hadn't gotten this job, I'd probably be a taxi driver...



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jefferson987 said 4608 days ago (January 5th, 2007)
Ha
Yeah, I'll mostly likely be doing something along the lines of a taxi cab driver. But who knows? I'm only in my first year of college so I guess anything could happen.
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jefferson987 said 4608 days ago (January 5th, 2007)
Ha
Yeah, I'll mostly likely be doing something along the lines of a taxi cab driver. But who knows? I'm only in my first year of college so I guess anything could happen.
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echoroom said 4610 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Wonderful
What can i say ... you are well named, my friend. This is an utterly timeless piece of music, and I can't think of many pieces of music I can say that about. This has such depth, beauty and sensitivity.

I'm out of words.

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composerclark said 4610 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Thanks...
Thanks for having a listen, Steve; I realize you work in very different genres than this, so I really appreciate your having a listen and leaving a comment. I have this theory that good music speaks to people in some way, irrespective of genre, and I certainly feel that way about your music.

All the best,
CC

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echoroom said 4609 days ago (January 4th, 2007)
All genres
Clark - I truely believe that in all genres, there is worthwhile music that rises to the surface and can be embraced. Our work is very different, but I would have to be deaf not to recognise the quality in your work - it's on an entirely different level of musicianship.

It's a pleasure to make your acquaintence.

Steve
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said 4610 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Bravo! Encore!
Utterly unique...a thing of beauty. The purist may wince, but who asked 'em anyway!?!?

You used the GB Vocal Transformer on your vox, right? LOL!!! Really, who is doing the singing? Nothing in the credits! Send her massive KUDOS for her exquisite performance Clark.

Best wishes for the New Year!
composerclark said 4610 days ago (January 3rd, 2007)
Steak tonight!
Okay, now I'm freakin' out! Two comments in one day???And a vote! WE'RE EATIN' STEAK TONIGHT! That's what I just told my wife, but she reminded me that we already had supper; lamb with couscous, which is traditional Newfoundland fare... or something. Okay, so maybe I'll have steak next week some time, to celebrate!

Thanks for the visit and comment, Micheal! I should have noticed this long ago, but you seem to have lost some facial hair!

Regarding the singer, she's wonderful, as you say. She left here to teach at Wheaton College about 7 years ago, but she was a good friend as well as a great singer who always supported my music, so I miss her.


Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

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paul f. page said 4605 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
song of Solomon
Clark,This aria is simply wonderful: such inventive orchestration that always catches the listener off-guard. (No one else mentioned it, but you've been listening to Copland, too!!!)Thanks for posting such erudite fare here. ... And as for losing your mind: thank God for that! It is so nice to hear a composer who's writing what he wants rather than what he thinks the public will like to hear. Peace.Paul
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composerclark said 4604 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Thank you
Hi Paul, thanks! It's funny... Copland-like moments sometimes creep into my music, but never intentionally, although I can definitely hear the allusions. He was a composer I really admired, someone who began writing modernist, serialist music, but did a sudden stylistic about-face and never looked back, for which he was villified by many 'serious' composers, and yet he I am sure will remain one of the most-loved, most performed American composers for a long time to come.

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VicDiesel said 4580 days ago (February 2nd, 2007)
Breasts like antelopes and eyes as dark
as carburetor oil....

I must say that I've never really understood some of the imagery in the song of solomon. But I get the basic idea, certainly in passages like the one you use, and you translate this wonderfully wel into a post-romantic piece of chamber music. The minimal instrumentation works very well here. A symphony orchestra would turn it into kitsch, and this is much more subtle.

That said, with another poster I wonder what you were smoking when you wrote "bongos" into the percussion part.

Victor.

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composerclark said 4580 days ago (February 3rd, 2007)
I don't smoke or drink; it just seemed like a good idea at the time!
Thanks for the comment, and I'm glad you liked it. Didn't like the bongos, eh? Interesting. This is being performed again in a week, and I've been been thinking of switching the bongos to a doumbek; the bongos are hardly used at all, at the doumbek is a more authentic instrument, having been in middle-eastern music for at least a thousand years, as I understand it.
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867-5309 said 3324 days ago (July 12th, 2010)
man
this sends chills - in a good way of course -
the pizzacato is quite effective - the cello really couteracts this beautiful female voice -
she sings like the young hayley witthans sings puccini's "Oh Babbino caro"
but I can't figure out who is singing - congas are nice too - so unique - i like the way she colorizes each well attacked pitch level - at 3:51 it really is fabulous
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composerclark said 3153 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Sorry..
... for not acknowledging your comment earlier — I somehow missed it — but I very much appreciate it nonetheless.

I find it an interesting and wonderful coincidence that you mention "O Mio Babbino Caro," and the next comment below (from Mosaica) comes from someone whose first song submission here at MacJams is that very same Puccinni composition!

I am not familiar with hayley witthans, but I will look her up now. Thanks very much for this!
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Mosaica said 3154 days ago (December 30th, 2010)
Epic
My goodness, this is wonderful. It deserves a wide audience, a real performance piece. I'm very envious of that gorgeous voice - far more control than mine! I love the interweaving of the middle eastern with this, sounds like a darbouka drum to me (is that the same as a doumbek?) which I've had a go of - not very succesfully! - in the past. Interesting to read through the thread of comments too. Thanks for pointing me at this, really fine work.
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composerclark said 3153 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks so much for your generous comment; it is much appreciated! In answer to your question about the drum, yes they are the same. According to Wikipedia, "The Goblet drum (also Chalice drum, Darbuka or Doumbek) is a goblet shaped hand drum used mostly in music originating in countries near the Middle East." I look forward to hearing more of your lovely singing!
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paul f. page said 3153 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Haunting.
Clark this is simply wonderful. You have captured the beauty and the sublime romance of this marvelous text perfectly, giving voice to the poem in such a simple yet elegant way. One may have been seduced into a much more lush expression of love, but your choice to let the words speak clearly and without further embellishment has, in fact (yes, in fact!), given a new and poignant voice to these ancient words. I cannot imagine a lovlier or more gentle musical/lyrical expression of love. Thank you for this gift.
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composerclark said 3153 days ago (December 31st, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks Paul, I always value your thoughtful comments! You are both eloquent and kind. Happy New Year!
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