Friday, March 20, 2009

Sex and Delilah, Op. 173


Op. 173 SEX AND DELILAH (March 20, 2009)
For Voices and Instrument(s)
I. Death
II. Defeat
III. Delilah
IV. Dagon

SEX AND DELILAH [a.k.a. SAMSON AND DELILAH (THE FRANK JUDGES): Part 2 Samson] is troped on Camille Saint-Saens's biblical epic, with strong arm tactics drawn from post-minimalism, George Crumb, Aaron Copland's Rodeo, Richard Wagner's Die Walkure, Igor Stravinsky, and BBC sound files.


I. Death











II. Defeat










III. Delilah











IV. Dagon










[I. Death: "On way he heard lion roaring"
Brown, Mikheyenko, Alburger]

Performances:

May 22-23, 2009
San Francisco Cabaret Opera
Maria Mikheyenko - Girl at Timnah / Prostitute / Delilah
Mark Alburger - Samson
Kristin Brown - Angel / Manoah / Lion / Philistines / Israelites
Nanette McGuiness - Manoah's Wife / Honey Bees / Philistines / Israelites
Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA



I. Death: "I have a riddle for you"
[Brown, Mikheyenko, Alburger, McGuiness]



[II. Defeat: "So they burned the woman to death"
Brown, Mikheyenko, McGuiness]



III. Delilah: "Samson went to see a prostitute in Gaza"

Video:

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAMP-3hyUYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebfGRR79dmc&feature=related

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Psalms, Book I, Op. 172


Op. 172 PSALMS, BOOK I (March 15, 2009)
for Voice(s) and Instruments(s)

Book I

Psalm 1
"Ashrey-Haiysh"
(Beatus Vir / Blessed Is)

Psalm 2
"Why Do Nations Rage?"

Psalm 3
(A Psalm of David, When He Fled From Absalom His Son)

Psalm 4
(To the Choirmaster,
with Stringed Instruments - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 5
(To the Choirmaster, for the Flutes - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 6
(To the Choirmaster: with Stringed Instruments;
According to the Sheminith - A Psalm of David)
1-5
6-10

Psalm 7
(A Shiggaion of David,
which He Sang to the Lord Concerning Cush a Benjaminite)

Psalm 8
(To the Choirmaster:
According to the Gittith - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 9
(To the Choirmaster:
According to Muth-labben - A Psalm of David)

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Psalm 10 "Why Standst Thou There"









Psalm 11
(To the Choirmaster. Of David.) -
"Flee to the Mountains"

Psalm 12

Psalm 13
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 14
(To the Choirmaster - Of David.)

Psalm 15
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 16
(A Miktam of David)

Psalm 17
(A Prayer of David)

Psalm 18
(To the Choirmaster.
A Psalm of David the Servant of the Lord,
Who Addressed the Words of this Song to the Lord on the Day
When the Lord Delivered Him from the Hand of All His Enemies,
and from the Hand of Saul - He said:)
"[You Are My] Rock and Strength"

Psalm 19
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 20
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 21
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 22
(To the Choirmaster:
According to the Hind of the Dawn - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 23
(A Psalm of David)
"The Lord Is My Shepherd"
([An] Evil Spirit [Came Over Saul])

Psalm 24
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 25
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 26
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 27
(A Psalm of David)
"When the Wicked Came"

Psalm 28
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 29
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 30
(A Psalm of David -
A Song at the Dedication of the Temple)

Psalm 31
(Two the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 32
(A Psalm of David - A Maskil)

Psalm 33

Psalm 34
(A Psalm of David,
When He Feigned Madness Before Abimelich,
So That He Drove Him Out, and He Went Away)

Psalm 35
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 36
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David, the Servant of the Lord)

Psalm 37
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 38
(A Psalm of David, for the Memorial Offering)

Psalm 39
(To the Choirmaster: to Jeduthun - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 40
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 41
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

[Book II

Psalm 42
(To the Choirmaster - A Maskil of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 43

Psalm 44
(To the Choirmaster - A Maskil of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 45
(To the Choirmaster: According to Lilies -
A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a Love Song)

Psalm 46
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah -
According to Alamoth - A Song)

Psalm 47
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 48
(A Song - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 49
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 50
(A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 51
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David,
When Nathan the Prophet Came to Him,
After He Had Gone in to Bathsheba)
"Miserere"
1-4 ("Mercy Upon Me") [A Song of Repentence]
5-19 ("Born in Iniquity") [Passacaglia of Sex and Death]

Psalm 52
(To the Choirmaster - A Maskil of David,
when Doeg, the Edomite, Came and Told Saul,
"David Has Come to the House of Ahimelech")

Psalm 53
(To the Choirmaster: According to Mahalath - A Maskil of David)

Psalm 54

Psalm 55
(To the Choirmaster: With Stringed Instruments -
A Maskil of David) -
"Oh For the Wings of a Dove"

Psalm 56
(To the Choirmaster:
According to the Dove on Far-Off Terebinths -
A Miktam of David,
When the Philistines Seized Him in Gath)

Psalm 57
(To the Choirmaster: According to Do Not Destroy -
A Miktam of David, When He Fled from Saul, in a Cave)
"Pity"

Psalm 58
(To the Choirmaster:
According to Do Not Destroy - A Miktam of David)

Psalm 59
(To the Choirmaster: Accrodng to Do Not Destroy -
A Miktam of David, When Saul Sent Men to
Watch His House in Order to Kill Him)

Psalm 60
(To the Choirmaster: Accrodng to Shushan Eduth -
A Miktam of David; For Instructions;
When He Strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobath,
and When Joab on His Return Killed Twelve Thousand of Edom
in the Valley of Salt)

Psalm 61
(To the Choirmaster:
with Stringed Instruments - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 62

Psalm 63
(A Pslam of David,
When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah)

Psalm 64
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 65
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David - A Song)

Psalm 66
(To the Choirmaster - A Song - A Psalm)

Psalm 67
(To the Choirmaster:
With Stringed Instruments - A Psalm - A Song)

Psalm 68
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David - A Song)

Psalm 69
(To the Choirmaster: According to Lilies - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 70 (To the Choirmaster -
A Psalm of David, for the Memorial Offering)

Psalm 71

Psalm 72
(A Psalm to Solomon)


Book III

Psalm 73
(A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 74
(A Maskil of Asaph)

Psalm 75
(To the Choirmaster:
According to Do Not Destroy -
A Psalm of Asaph - A Song)

Psalm 76
(To the Choirmaster:
With Stringed Instrments - A Psalm of Asaph - A Song)

Psalm 77
(To the Choirmaster:
According to Jeduthun - A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 78
(A Maskil of Asaph)

Psalm 79
(A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 80

Psalm 81
(To the Choirmaster:
According to the Gittith - A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 82
(A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 83
(A Song - A Psalm of Asaph)

Psalm 84
(To the Choirmaster:
According to the Gittith - A Psalm of the Songs of Korah)

Psalm 85
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah)

Psalm 86
(A Prayer of David)

Psalm 87
(A Psalm of the Sons of Korah - A Song)

Psalm 88
(A Song - A Psalm of the Sons of Korah -
To the Choirmaster: According to Mahalath Leannoth -
A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite)

Psalm 89
(A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite)


Book IV

Psalm 90
(A Prayer of Moses, the Man of God)

Psalm 91

Psalm 92
(A Psalm - A Psalm for the Sabbath [Day])
1-4 ...psaltery...
5-11...unicorn...
12-15...palm trees...

Psalm 93

Psalm 94

Psalm 95

Psalm 96

Psalm 97

Psalm 98
(A Psalm)

Psalm 99

Psalm 100
(A Psalm for the Thank Offering)

Psalm 101
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 102
(A Prayer of One Afflicted, When He Is Faint and
Pours Out His Complaint Before the Lord)

Psalm 103
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 104

Psalm 105

Psalm 106


Book V

Psalm 107

Psalm 108
(A Song - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 109
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 110
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 111

Psalm 112

Psalm 113

Psalm 114

Psalm 115

Psalm 116

Psalm 117

Psalm 118

Psalm 119

Psalm 120
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 121
(A Song of Ascents)
"I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes"

Psalm 122
(A Song of Ascents - Of David)
"I Was Glad / Pray for the Peace"

Psalm 123
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 124
(A Song of Ascents - Of David)

Psalm 125
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 126
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 127
(A Song of Ascents - Of Solomon)

Psalm 128
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 129
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 130
(A Song of Ascents)
"De Profundis"

Psalm 131
(A Song of Ascents - Of David)

Psalm 132
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 133
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 134
(A Song of Ascents)

Psalm 135

Psalm 136

Psalm 137
"By the Waters of Babylon"

Psalm 138
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 139
(To the Choirmaster - A Psalm of David)

Psalm 140

Psalm 141
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 142
(A Maskil of David,
When He Was in the Cave - A Prayer)

Psalm 143
(A Psalm of David)

Psalm 144
(A Psalm of David)
["You Deserve to Die"]

Psalm 145
(A Psalm of Praise - Of David)

Psalm 146

Psalm 147
"Lauda Jerusalem"

Psalm 148

Psalm 149

Psalm 150]

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sex and the Bible: The Opera (Part I), Op. 169


Op. 169 SEX AND THE BIBLE: THE OPERA
(Part I) (January 1, 2009)
For Voices and Instruments



PART I - GENESIS

1. THE CREATION



III. Let the waters be gathered










VI. Let us make man










2. QUARTET FOR THE BEGINNING OF TIME:
ADAM AND EVE AND CAIN AND ABEL


II. Vocalise for the Disobedience at the Beginning of Time









III. Abyss of Separation










IV. Ragtime Intermezzo of Expulsion









V. Lounging in an Eternity of Strife
VI. Blues Dance of Fury
VII. Fathering Hope
VIII. Lounging in Mortality (Baby Boom Boogie-Woogie Begats)

3. NOAH'S FLOOD ("Noah, Noah"): A MYSTERY PLAY
I. Wicked Prelude
VII. The Flood / Te Deum (The Little Death Raindrops Keep Falling Mainly in Mesopotamia)
IX. Rainbow / Te Deum / Postlude

4. BABEL
I. And the whole earth
II. Behold, they are one
III. And the Lord scattered them

5. ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
II. The Separation









IV. The Covenant / V. The Slave Girl









VI. The Circumcision









[LOT IN LIFE]
VII. The Plea (Lottery)









VIII. The Destruction (Lotsa Luck /









Parking Lot's Wife /









Lotherio)









IX. The Deception









X. The Birth / The Banishment









XI. The Sacrifice / XII. The Burial / XIII. The Wife / XIV. The Death










6. ISRAEL IN TROUBLE

I. If It Is Thus









III. Eyes Dim









IV. Fly Away









V. Well, Well, Well, Well, Well









VI. Shouldn't Work for Nothing









VII. How To Depart









VIII. On His Way









IX. One Day Dinah









X. If It Is Thus










7. AMAZING JOSEPH

I. I Had a Dream









II. Meanwhile, Judah









III. Now the Ishmaelites (Potiphar's Wife)









V. Pharaoh Had a Dream









VII. Take My Youngest Son









VIII. I Am Joseph









IX. Now I Can Die










[PART II - EXODUS-JUDGES

8. MOSES AND AARON
EXODUS / LEVITICUS (13 Letters and a Postlude)
I. Recitative - "And There Arose"
II. Barcarolle - "Woman Conceived"
III. Battle - "And He Spied"
V. Duet - "What Is In Your Hand?"
VI. Trio - "Let My People"
VII. Nine-Plague Twelve-Tone Passacaglia-Quodlibet - "River Is Blood"
IX. Storm/Tempest - "At Midnight" (The Tenth Plague)
X. Caccia/Tableau - "And the People Fled" (The Parting of the Red Sea)
XI. Duet and Chorus - "Sing to the Lord / Bitter Water" (Songs of Moses and Miriam)
XII. Quartet - "Thou Shalt" (The Ten Commandments)
XIII. Bacchanale - "This Gold Image" (The Golden Calf)
XVI. Postlude - "Be Gone"
NUMBERS / DEUTERONOMY (7 Letters)
XVII. Ritournello - "Would That We Had Died"
XVIII. Interlude - "How Long" (Wander in the Wilderness)
XIX. Procession - "Let Us Pass" (Balaam's Ass)
XX. Chorus - "There Shall a Star"

9. SAMSON AND DELILAH (THE FRANK JUDGES)
Scene 1 - Start
I. Digits (Adonibezek)
III. Disemblance (Ehud and Eglon)
IV. Deborah
VI. Downfall (Abimelech)
VII. Daughter (Jeptha)
Scene 2 - Samson
VIII. Death (The Lion)
IX. Defeat (The Ass's Jaw)
X. Delilah
XI. Dagon
Scene 3 - Stop
XIII. Disunity (The Levite's Concubine)]

Performances:

March 5-7, 12-14, 2010
San Francisco Cabaret Opera / Goat Hall Productions
Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA