Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre, Hila Plitmann, soprano, Tali Tadmor, piano, Ruth Bruegger, violin
Performance at California Lutheran University in April, 2009.
This is one of my favorite song cycles, five frozen images – musical “postcards” of sorts that I find touching in their simplicity. Hila wrote the gorgeous poetry which includes “Larov” (song #3):
“Mostly,” said the roof to the sky, the distance between us is endlessness; But a while ago two came up here, and only one centimeter was left between us.”
*Listen for the minor second between the voice and violin, painting the word “centimeter”…
Debussy: “De rêve” from “Proses lyriques”. Hila Plitmann, soprano, Tali Tadmor, piano
This is from my final doctoral recital at USC in May of 2009. Entitled “In Their Own Words”, this lecture recital explored vocal music for which the composer wrote both words and music. Debussy was influenced by the larger-than-life composer Richard Wagner (who wrote his own libretti), and proceeded to write both poetry and music to the four songs comprising “Proses lyriques” in 1892-93 . Debussy was disappointed with the result, saying “There are still things I am not able to do – create masterpieces, for instance, or be really responsible – for I have the fault of thinking too much about myself and only seeing reality when it is forced upon me and then unsurmountable.”
First Song, by Tali Tadmor, with Damon Kirsche, Carol Chaikin and David Kontesz
Composed sometime in the late 90′s, recorded in April 2011.
This is one of the first songs I ever wrote, the first in English and first for which I wrote the lyrics as well. I finally recorded it in 2011 in order to use in a grant application. Reflecting back almost 20 years later, I clearly remember my broken heart and the flavor of the emotions resulting in this text. Now if I could only remember who this was all about…!