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associate professor of music, stanford university

for mezzo soprano and digital audio (DVD or CD) 

Text: Hebrew (poem by Yehuda Amichai)
Audio format: 4 or 2 channel versions available
Duration: 8'

Program notes:

Diameters is a simple plea for sanity setting a poem by the late Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.
The electroacoustic part consists entirely of sounds created by the sonification of hyperspectral images of human cells.

Performance materials:

Computer part:

Preview audio: (RealAudio) - for preview only - not for performance! (coming soon)
Rehearsal recording - Jennifer Lane, Soprano - FOR REHEARSAL ONLY - NOT FOR PUBLIC USE!) (.wav)
Mock up of voice part over tape part (for rehearsal only) - this is only a rough estimation for coordinating the cues. : (.wav)
Download audio: (.wav 130mb)

Score: (. PDF)


The Diameter of the Bomb

Yehuda Amichai

The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
the diameter of its  range, seven meters,
with four dead and eleven wounded.
Around these, in a larger circle
of pain and time, are two hospitals
and one graveyard.

But the young woman who was burried
in her home town
over a hundred kilometers away
enlarges the circle.
And the man mourning her death
on distant shores
makes the entire world a circle.
Not to mention the cry of orphans
reaching up to God's throne and beyond
which makes a circle with no end and no God.

(translation: Jonathan Berger)

(image courtesy Ars Poetica)

copyright: Maor Music Publications (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Amichai text used by permission of publisher:
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