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LISA BIELAWA

Lamentations for a City for chorus and English horn

commissioned by and dedicated to Cerddorion, Kristina Boerger, conductor Texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, RSV duration c. 12:00

SCORE IN C Š2004 Lisa Bielawa


LISA BIELAWA

Lamentations for a City Text A reading from the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet: ALEPH (1:1) How lonely sits the city That was full of people! How like a widow has she become, She that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities Has become a vassal. BETH (1:2) She weeps bitterly in the night, Tears on her cheeks; Among all her lovers She has none to comfort her; All her friends have dealt treacherously with her. They have become her enemies. DALETH (1:4) The roads to Zion mourn, For none come to the appointed feasts; All her gates are desolate, Her priests groan; Her maidens have been dragged away, And she herself suffers bitterly. ZAYIN (1:7) Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and bitterness All the precious things that were hers from days of old‌ ALEPH (4:1) How the gold has grown dim, How the pure gold is changed! The holy stones lie scattered At the head of every street. YOD (2:10) The elders of the daughter of Zion Sit on the ground in silence; They have cast dust on their heads And put on sackcloth; The maidens of Jerusalem Have bowed their heads to the ground. KAPH (2:11) My eyes are spent with weeping; My soul is in tumult; My heart is poured out in grief Because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. MEM (2:13) What can I say to you, to what compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin; Who can restore you?


Performance Notes ADDITIONAL TEXTS IN BOXES: Additional texts from current news sources appear throughout the piece in the ‘boxed’ sections. These texts are culled and paraphrased from a wide variety of news sources on the web, and they refer to current conditions in cities worldwide, including but not limited to modern-day Jerusalem. When singing these collaged texts in the sections with boxes, sing at a moderate speech tempo, neither rushing nor dragging in response to other musical events happening around you. Choose any of the phrases in the box, and sing them in any order for the full indicated duration, pausing naturally between phrases for breath. Entrances and cut-offs of boxed text sections may be very loose. Once you see the cue to stop singing boxed phrases, finish the phrase you are singing, without hurrying, then continue to the next event when ready. SOLO BOXES: All solo phrases in boxes should be sung or played repeatedly for the duration of the arrow-indicated time. The conductor will act as timekeeper during these real-time sections (such as rehearsal letters A and C). At the cue for the end of the section, finish your boxed phrase without hurrying, then stop. If you have a “LAST TIME” notated at the end of the section with a fermata on the last note, you will hold your last note into the next section. If a section holds a note into a solo boxed section (as in measure 4), the conductor will cue the cutoff of this note after the soloists have begun singing their boxed phrases. ENGLISH HORN TIMBRAL TRILLS: The key trills that appear in the score should be oscillations between two colorings/fingerings of the written pitch.


Lamentations for a City Lamentations of Jeremiah, RSV

F & œ

Lisa Bielawa

As if spoken

Soprano 1

F & œ

A

Soprano 2

F & bœ

A

Alto 1

F & bœ

A

Alto 2

A

4 A2

B solo

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LAST TIME:

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B solo

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Enter in order as indicated. Repeat boxed phrase A c. 30" SOLOISTS: freely for duration of "A", pausing 2-4" in between.

A - LEPH

B solo

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bœ w

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© 2004 by Lisa Bielawa

U

bœ w


SOPRANOS & ALTOS: Sing any of the phrases in the box in any order on any one of the pitches indicated, in speech rhythm. Pause briefly in between. When you reach the cue to stop, finish your phrase before stopping.

B

U !

5 S

A

&

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V

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(solo)

B

5

E. Hn.

S

A

&

w

tutti

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F declarative œ ˙ ˙ nœ œ ˙ How lone - ly

sits the cit - y

How lone - ly

sits the cit - y

&

U !

c. 10"

˙

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That was full of peo - ple!

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That was full of peo - ple!

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"he also urged national restraint" "he urged them to show love and respect for foreigners" "as the initial investigation showed" "both buses departed from the central bus station in the city"

& bW !!!!!!! bW W U V ! ? U !

c. 10"

B

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A

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P

Ah

"the central bus station in the city" "they were also aboard the plane" "records sometimes don't specify" "higher authorities were aware of abuses"

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P

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Enter in order as indicated. Repeat boxed phrase C c. 30" SOLOISTS: freely for duration of "C", pausing 2-4" in between.

P dolce

& ! 12

S1 solo

S2 solo

A solo

Treble solo 1

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U œ œ #œ œ œ #œ #˙ !!!!! LAST TIME:

P dolce Treble solo 2 œ #œ œ ˙ & ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Treble solo 3 BETH P dolce & œ œ œ n œ œ ˙ ˙ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BETH

P dolce 12 & w

BETH

BETH

E. Hn.

D

S1

q»•¢ Sorrowful

p 2 & 4 #œ 13

Fœ 2 plaintive #œ &4 In

S2

w

p 2 #œ &4

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the

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2 & 4 13

E. Hn.

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the

p

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LAST TIME:

night,

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17 S1

S2

A1

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A2

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T2

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E. Hn.

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mong all

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A2

T1

All her friends have dealt

T2

Ó

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Œ Ó ‰

They have be - come her en-em - ies.

3

treach - er - ous - ly with her.

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T2 & B1: Sing any of the phrases in the box in any order on the pitches indicated. Pause briefly in between.

B1

B2

?

" b ˙˙

˙

ww

œ #œ

All her friends have dealt

A1 solo

A2

T1

T2 solo

B solo

B2

E. Hn.

˙

DAL - ETH

!

w P

bœ œ ˙

They have be - come her en-em - ies.

Ó

˙˙

"they can be held indefinitely" "they were aware of abuses" "they take all necessary measures" "they observed a minute's silence"

p b ww

˙˙ Ó

Ah

œ bœ œ œ œ Œ Ó ‰ œ

œ œ

3

treach - er - ous - ly with her.

˙

5

œ bœ œ œ #œ

They have be - come her en-em - ies.

w

& !

4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 U !

Tenor or Baritone solo 1

! P w

4 4

U !

!

œ #œ nœ œ nœ DAL - ETH Tenor or Baritone solo 2 P œ ?! ! V!

24

œ

Alto solo

Vw

?

œ œ

5

E c. 30" SOLOISTS repeat phrases as before

&Ó P œ &

œ bœ œ œ #œ

"they observed a minute's silence" "refusing to cooperate for fear of their lives" "refusing for years to cooperate" "have been there for months without being charged"

F plaintive ?Œ œ œ œ 24

œ bœ œ œ #œ

œ œ

œ bœ œ œ œ Œ Ó ‰ œ

treach - er - ous - ly with her.

œ

œ

5

˙

4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4

œ #œ œ œ #œ #˙

w

œ

œ #œ œ œ U #œ #˙

LAST TIME:

!!!!!!! U !

DAL - ETH

44

DAL - ETH

4 4 4 4

4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 -6-


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25 S

A

T

4 &4 Ó 4 V4 Ó

? 4 ˙. 4

F ‰ #œ

The roads to

F ‰ #œ

B

E. Hn.

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The roads to

Œ

& 44

!

25

p & # # ww # w

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Zi - on mourn,

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Œ

S

A

T

B

&

V

˙˙ ˙

Œ

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feasts.

F ˙

F ? ˙

Ó Ó

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Ó

f #˙ Œ œ œ

&

˙.

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none

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come

# œ-

˙- .

For

none

For

none come.

tutti

f # œ-

come

Ó

All her

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nœ > f

All her

œ ˙ >œ f

œ œœ >

œ- œ- œ-

œ-

œ-

P ww w

ww w

ww w

˙˙ ˙

Ó

# œ-

# œ- Ó

"He hasn't spoken since" "He visited the center" "He urged them to show love & respect" "Hundreds of armed fighters"

3

œ #œ œ œ œ Ó 3

3

œ #œ œ œ œ Ó 3

gates are des - ol - ate,

œ.

to the ap - point - ed

3

˙

gates are des - ol - ate,

Œ f œ œ #˙

œ œ œ œ œ 3

˙- .

"He said such meetings are commonplace" "He vowed to take revenge for Thursday's killings" "He announced instead that he was firing all his ministers" "He tried to return but was not allowed in"

29

E. Hn.

# œ-

none come.

!

ww Pw

Π!

Ó

"fighting broke out around 5" "for sure there will be retaliation" "found in the car" "further to the South"

Œ

˙

SOPRANOS & ALTOS sing boxed phrases as in "B"

29

Œ œ

Zi - on mourn,

œ œ # œ-œ œ

The roads to

(solo)

f

>. ˙

‰ Ó

-7-

Ó

Œ ‰ œJ

priests groan;

her

priests groan;

Œ ‰ œ J ˙

# œ-

her

# œ- Ó

œ œ ˙ >

Œ


f & w 34

S1

f

(finish phrase then join in on "Her")

Her

S2

& w

(finish phrase then join in on "Her")

A2

T

B

œ-3

maid - ens have been

œ-

œ-

œ-

˙-

œ-

3

œ-

˙-

3

f

Her

maid - ens have been

& w &

!

V Ó

Œ #œ

? Ó

Œ #œ

Her

Her

& Œ

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4 nœ &4 37

S1

P 4 ˙. &4

self

S2

A1

œ-

4 & 4 nœ P œ 4 V4

self

T

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˙

bœ œ

suf - fers

suf - fers bit - ter - ly.

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˙

a

-

way,

a

-

way,

# œ- 45 n œ 45

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dragged

a - way,

" bœ bœ bœ œ œ

the

night

œ˙ b œ

bit - ter - ly in the

˙

3

bœ bœ bœ œ œ

the

"

bit - ter - ly in the

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and she her -

4 4 4 4

Œ

44

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3

suf - fers

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4 4

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Ó

4 4

dragged a - way,

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bœ bœ

Ó

5 4

maid - ens have been dragged

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5 4

œ-

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and she her -

5 4 b œœ œ ˙ . >

3

3

F ‰ œJ œ œ 44

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dragged a - way,

maid - ens have been dragged

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She

A2

!

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34

E. Hn.

5 >œ 4 #œ

˙-

maid - ens have been

Her

A1

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night

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G c. 30" 41

A1

B solo

& w PBass solo 1 ? œ ˙ #œ #œ P

ZA - YIN

? !

Bass solo 2

B solo

B solo

U !

!

˙ nœ œ

P

ZA-YIN

? !

Bass solo 3

˙ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U LAST TIME: !!!!!!!!!!! b œ n œ œ w

w #œ

ZA-YIN

˙

˙

ZA - YIN

& !

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

41

E. Hn.

bw P

H

bœ w

!!!!!!!!!! b w

!

U !

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"relations between the two countries are so close" "they routinely share classified information" "they can be held indefinitely if considered a security threat" "a danger looms that he could be held responsible"

A

T

B

& U !

c. 10"

V ? w 42

E. Hn.

bœ w

" SOPRANOS & ALTOS sing boxed phrases as in "B" & bW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bW W 42

S

U

LAST TIME:

&

w

U !

c. 10"

!

F œ œ œ nœ œ ˙ F

U ˙ !

c. 5"

Jer- u - sa- lem re- mem-bers

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U ˙ !

c. 5"

Jer- u - sa- lem re- mem-bers

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"heightened regional tensions" "raising the specter of a raid" "before the woman reported him" "the harsh criticism he received"

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˙ nœ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ ˙

in the days of her af - flic- tion and bit-ter-ness

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˙ nœ œ œ œ ˙ œ œ œ œ

in the days of her af - flic- tion and bit-ter-ness

!


S

A1

A2

!

&

( ) &(# W !!!! W W) U V !

œ œ œ

? U!

c. 3"

B

A1

E. Hn.

the

pre - cious things that were hers

in

Days

of

old.

S1

S2

A - LEPH

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œ

the P How tutti 4 œ #œ œ œ &4

4 & 4 #œ p & 44 48

E. Hn.

How

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Œ

n ˙.

˙

3

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the

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w

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How the gold has grown

A

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4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4

w

Treble solo 2

q»•¢ Contemplative

tutti

œ

Œ

4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4

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p tutti 4 & 4 #œ

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All

F ˙ & nœ ˙

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old.

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of

A- LEPH

& w F

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w

Days

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47

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Days

w

in

Treble solo 3

A2

œ

f

old.

pre - cious things that were hers

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œ

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of

Days of old

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47 Treble solo 1

& F

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Days

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4f˙ 4

4 f œ. 4 #œ ˙.

!

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n ˙˙

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In

& #W W W !!!! c. 3"

T

p

q»•¢ f 4 4 ˙˙

gold

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how the pure

gold,

˙

gold has changed,

œ

4 4

F

P ‰ #œ œ œ

˙

dim,

gold

U œ œ

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LAST TIME:

‰ œ nœ œ

œ

The

Œ Œ


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S1

S2

A1

A2

T1

T2

B

hol - y stones

&

p & #œ

plie & #œ V V

p#lieœ

54 T2

B

B solo

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scat - ter'd

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Œ

œ

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scat - ter'd

Œ

F

F

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Ah

œ

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at the head

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at the head

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at

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the

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the

head of ev' -

!

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street.

bœ ˙.

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!

Tenor or Baritone solo 1

˙

YOD

F Ó

œœ

#œ œ

˙

˙

œ œ nœ ˙

Tenor or Baritone solo 2

YOD

4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 4 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4

4 b œ b w !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4

Bass solo

YOD

& ! 54

E. Hn.

Œ

p j Œ œ œ - ry street. p œ ˙

œ. -

Œ

ev' - ry street.

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of

head of ev' -

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street.

head

Ó

p ˙

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ry

Œ

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w

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lie

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& œ K

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p#lieœ

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!

scat - ter'd

51

E. Hn.

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LAST TIME:

F

w

œ w

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w

U

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4 4


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S

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Lamentations for a City  

Lisa Bielawa: Lamentations for a City for mixed chorus and English horn

Lamentations for a City  

Lisa Bielawa: Lamentations for a City for mixed chorus and English horn

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