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Kabbalah

Kabbalah

dance opera in seven movements

libretto by Michael Korie


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: Hebrew • Aramaic • German • English
  • Order No.: LSMC 20275

Description
Kabbalah is an abstract dance opera in seven movements that traces the development of Jewish mystical thought. It presents an unbroken string of rituals intoned by ten singers, and is predominantly performed in languages of exile: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Medieval Spanish and German. The text of its middle movement is extracted from conversations between the opera’s collaborators and a rabbi of Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
A profoundly meditative experience, Kabbalah thoughtfully represents the repressed history of Jewish mysticism. Wallace’s score blends Middle Eastern tonalities with quasi-minimalist structures, contemporary techniques, and shades of jazz. The accompanying ensemble consists of five performers who employ a stunning variety of instruments, including the harpsichord, tabla, talking drum, and hammer dulcimer.
Details
Content text: I Sha'ar Yetzirah
II Sha'ar HaBrit
III Sha'ar Shemot
IV Sha'ar Tikkon
V Sha'ar Hechalot
VI Sha'ar Sitra Ahra
VII Sha'ar HaShabbat (Sh'ma)
Performance duration: 90' 0"
Publisher: Sidmar Music (administered exclusively by Schott Music Corporation, New York)
Uraufführung : November 1989 New York, NY (USA) Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival 1989 · Dirigent: Joshua Rosenblum · Inszenierung: Ann Carlson · Choreographie: Ann Carlson
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: Reed I:fl.afl.bcl.ssax-Reed II:fl.ob.ca.cl.bcl-1perc(wdbl, b.d, mar, dulcimer, tabla, talking drum, timb, cong)-pno(hpd)-vc.db
occupation: Tiferet · soprano - Malchut · soprano - Binah · mezzo-soprano - Hod · alto / mezzo - Gevurah · contralto - Chochmah · tenor - Netzach · baritone - Yesod · baritone - Chesed · bass-baritone - Keter · bass
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Joshua Rosenblum
1989-11-01 | New York, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere
Kabbalah is an abstract dance opera in seven movements that traces the development of Jewish mystical thought. It presents an unbroken string of rituals intoned by ten singers, and is predominantly performed in languages of exile: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Medieval Spanish and German. The text of its middle movement is extracted from conversations between the opera’s collaborators and a rabbi of Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
A profoundly meditative experience, Kabbalah thoughtfully represents the repressed history of Jewish mysticism. Wallace’s score blends Middle Eastern tonalities with quasi-minimalist structures, contemporary techniques, and shades of jazz. The accompanying ensemble consists of five performers who employ a stunning variety of instruments, including the harpsichord, tabla, talking drum, and hammer dulcimer.
Content text: I Sha'ar Yetzirah
II Sha'ar HaBrit
III Sha'ar Shemot
IV Sha'ar Tikkon
V Sha'ar Hechalot
VI Sha'ar Sitra Ahra
VII Sha'ar HaShabbat (Sh'ma)
Performance duration: 90' 0"
Publisher: Sidmar Music (administered exclusively by Schott Music Corporation, New York)
Uraufführung : November 1989 New York, NY (USA) Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival 1989 · Dirigent: Joshua Rosenblum · Inszenierung: Ann Carlson · Choreographie: Ann Carlson
Year of composition: 1989
instrumentation: Reed I:fl.afl.bcl.ssax-Reed II:fl.ob.ca.cl.bcl-1perc(wdbl, b.d, mar, dulcimer, tabla, talking drum, timb, cong)-pno(hpd)-vc.db
occupation: Tiferet · soprano - Malchut · soprano - Binah · mezzo-soprano - Hod · alto / mezzo - Gevurah · contralto - Chochmah · tenor - Netzach · baritone - Yesod · baritone - Chesed · bass-baritone - Keter · bass
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Joshua Rosenblum
1989-11-01 | New York, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere