Death Psalm

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for Valerie Haber

Death Psalm

for solo soprano and solo piano

Aaron Holloway-Nahum 2005/Revised Jan 2006

Very soft, slow, reflective, and free as if being improvised ppp

Soprano

(is she singing?)

w

& œ b˙

œ Œ

mmm...

& œ œbœ œ n˙ ™

,

6

is not

qui

10

& nœ œ bœ bœ

Sop.

-

b˙ ™

˙

et

,

mmm...

14

&

Sop.

20

œœ

˙ gliss. b˙

3

b˙ ™

3

b˙ p

Œ

you

they

of

[m]a - ny who hear

3

know

&

U ˙

œ

some - one

œ bœ

,

else

˙ b~

{&

you

dead

do

slowly morph the vowel

œ

pp

˙

mmm...............

of some - one

bw

you

dead

not

know

else dead

˙

œœ

mmm...

j œ‰Œ

ppp

≈ Œ

œ

f

ah

molto espressivo

dissapearing

Π44 bw

mmm...[mm]y mind

this

p

œ

œ

a bit violent

detached and informative again

pp

Œ

- j nwb œ œ œ ‰ b œ n œ b œ œ œ bœ œ nœ bœ œ

œ

completely objective and factual ppp

p

p a sincere revelation pp

do not think

p

3

. gliss*

bœ bœ œ ˙

[mm]I

mmm..

nœ bœ ˙

‰ œj bœ œnœ œbœ mmm...

q = c. 76 broad and sweeping; a landscape ∑

with a sense of empty space...

∑

∑

mmmm...

(silently depress)

Pno.

˙

mmm...

they don't want ei - ther to think

Sop.

bœ œ

j bœ œ ™ œ

, bœ nœ œ nœ œ b˙

pp

, bœ b˙ (, )œ b˙ ™ n˙ n œ b œ b œ b œ n ˙ & nœ bœ b˙ n˙

17 Sop.

bœ œ bœ œ nœ #˙ ™

œ bœ ˙

mmm...

Sop.

a bit angry

ever so slightly more... pp

44

~

~ bœ Œ Ó

~

(did the piano just play?)

pp

°(sempre!)

broad and sweeping; a landscape

q = c. 76 with a sense of empty space... ~ bœ Œ Ó mp

*All glissandi should be performed such that the starting note is left immediately and an even gliding sound is produced for the full duration of that note. Copyright © Aaron Holloway-Nahum 2006

~

~ êco Œ ‰ bœJ œJ ‰ Œ p


2

27 Pno.

&

O™

Œ bœ. œ. œ. œ. œ. Œ Ó *

p

34 Pno.

&

œ mp

5

.j Œ ‰œŒ œ œ w œ Œ Ó

3 4 > j 4 Œ Œ Œ 4 bw n œ. œ. œ. œ mf *Non. Ped! p

use both hands as necessary

Ó

5

mp

°

°

œ œ 5 Œ ‰ nœJ œJ ‰ Œ 43 Œ Œ Œ 44 bœ ‰ œœœœœœ œ ‰ bœ. œ. œ. œ Ó JJ J pp 5 mf p * mp * ° °

Œ Ó

œ. œ.

in the distance

ppp

Œ ‰

pp

Œ

*

trilling so fast the piano can't keep up

(should result in a random rhythm) pp 7 5. . . . . .6 . . . . . 5. . . > 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ j (with l.h. only) Ó Œ œ ≈nœ ™ Œ 44 bw w & 43 æ ææ æ mfp mf p mp p sub. f p sub. press down pedal gradually..................................° (° sempre)

40 Pno.

{

44

Pno.

& ?

Ó˙ ææ ™

œ Œ bœ œ œ œ bœ. œ. œ. œ. œ. ‰ œ. Œ J . . . . 5 3

∑

note: do not retake pedal, but let the sound die away enough such that this can be played softly and still be clearly heard.

slowly accel back to tempo

p

mf

œ .œ ™™ œ. bw Œ

*

3

°

pp sub.

Ó

p

(q = c. 42)

bww ? w

mp

∑

w bw w

4:3 w j œ b# œœ™ ˙ œ œ œœ œœ œ˙ # œ œ b w 44 43

3:2

p

f

pp sub.

√ ™ ˙ 34 ˙˙ ™™

(long)

4

&4

34 √ ˙˙ ™™ ˙™

p sub.

∑

˙ #œ b œ œœ œœ œœ ˙˙ 4 &4 J

49 Pno.

rall.

44

q = c. 66 ˙™ “” œ #œ ™

with constant rubato

p

Œ œœœ œœJ 3 J 4 3:2


<“>

b œœ # œœ œœ b œœ œœ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 J‰ J Œ 44 &4

55 Pno.

mp

3:2 pp

angry!

œ œ bœ & bœ

62 Sop.

*

as possible pp

U ˙™

f

3

Of

all of the

rain

f

n

U ˙

U Œ

storms

U n˙˙˙ b ˙˙

{& 66

Sop.

∑

∑

p espressivo

& œ

As if

& nœ

œ

Where

Sop.

once

j b˙ ™ & ™™ œ

69

a

-

œ

there

live

?

was

a

as slowly as possible, with deep reflection

mmm...

œ œ œ bœ œ

bœ w

for this

nw w w bww

one.

Ó

Œ

˙ gliss.b˙

j œ‰

*° hold until sound is completely gone mp

3

ppp

more prominent, but do not cover the soprano!

U Œ

68 Sop.

are

truck spilled in sum

paint

*

U n œ œ b œ ˙ œ bœ

3

you

a

U œ b œ 3 ˙ √ J 4 Œ

3 pppp

œ bœ bœ nœ bœ b˙

p

b˙ <n>œ <n>œ bœ œ œ bœ n˙ ™

are

bϪ

hardly there at all BUT must be audible to soprano!

more and more resigned

bœ œj bœ œ nœ œ ˙

with a sort of sad humor

≈ ˙

°

pp

°

42

ppp

we

a distant coloring of the soprano

Pno.

b -˙ -˙ -˙ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ # œœ œ 3

5:4

3

-

‰ bœj b˙

mer.

Or

˙™ win

U ˙™ -

-

U Œ

a

paint

-

ing

U Œ

dow

™™ b˙ ™

mmm...

œ œ œ bœ œj √ ‰

stop very suddenly


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