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    The Torment of Medea

    This song is for soprano and piano, the kind of thing I don't often post here. This is an assignment from Ofer Ben-Amots, my composition teacher -- to write a melody on a text or poetry that I find moving, with piano accompaniment. This is still a work in progress, as I get new critique points on it.

    Medea is going to kill her children, for a number of convoluted reasons (not least of all, that she is most likely quite insane!) She goes back and forth about it, though, which is what this song attempts to capture.

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    The text is adapted from a translation of Medea:

    Dear sons why do you stare at me so?
    You smile at me your last smile Why?

    Oh, what am I to do?
    My cour-age is all gone!
    Their young, bright fa-ces!
    Their young bright fac-es!

    I can't --
    I can't do this thing!

    What is the mat-ter with me?
    Are my en-e-mies to laugh at me?
    Me-de-a! steel your-self!
    Steel your self to do,
    to do the deed! -

    Boys, go in-doors. Now! Go!

    Oh, my heart, don't do it!
    Oh! mis'-ra-ble heart,
    Let them be!
    We'll live to-geth-er safe-ly in Athens
    Think how hap-py we'll be…..

    No! But no!
    by all the fiends of hate in hell
    No!

    Come my ac-curs-ed hand and take your sword!
    For-get fore-ev-er they were once your sons!
    For-get that of your bod-y they were born
    and steel your-self to take your sword ,
    your sword and do the deed
    [a scream] Ah!
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    OOPS! Apology for posting more than one thing!

    I've been away so long I forgot the rules! and I couldn't figure out how to delete this -- so moderator feel free to do so, please. Sorry about that folks!

    Karen
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    Re: The Torment of Medea

    Hi Karen, This composition is really strong and stirring. The subject matter is somewhere I don't care to spend much time though. Great writing on this. Do you work from a notation program? I'm just curious about the voices. What samples are you using on your choral pieces?
    I thought I heard or felt a scream at the end of the piece. Regards, John

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    Re: The Torment of Medea

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    Hi Karen, This composition is really strong and stirring. The subject matter is somewhere I don't care to spend much time though. Great writing on this. Do you work from a notation program? I'm just curious about the voices. What samples are you using on your choral pieces?
    I thought I heard or felt a scream at the end of the piece. Regards, John
    Hi John,
    thanks for listening. the subject matter? yea, it is horrifying -- which of course is part of what makes it such a dramatic piece. It is from a Greek Tragedy by Euripides (Medea).

    Yes, I work in Finale. The piano is Garritan of course, and the choral samples are Smartsynth -- the "chorus" samples, as the solo samples are too "synthy" for me.

    Yes, that is a High D scream!!

    Thanks for listening!
    Karen
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    Re: The Torment of Medea

    This is different for you.

    Not too joyful, huh. But you did a fine job on it

    I've had some personal experience with something like this and luckily no one was injured.



    Phil

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    Re: The Torment of Medea

    My compliments to Maestro Ben Amots for his guiding
    hand and to you for an intriguing piece, Karen... this
    is, indeed, a more adventurous direction in its departures
    from your prior work; yet, still, there's no question the
    voice is yours, my friend!

    All my best,



    David
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