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Pierrot cannot escape the incessant nagging of the moon, which acts as his conscience. It appears as a spot on his coat, and he cannot be rid of it.

Conductor Jordan Randall Smith conducts Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Smith leads Ars Nova Dallas at the 2009 Dallas Festival of Modern Music.

More information at www.jordanrsmith.com

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Einen weißen Fleck des hellen Mondes One white spot from the bright moon
Auf dem Rücken seines schwarzen Rockes, On the back of his black coat,
So spaziert Pierrot im lauen Abend, So Pierrot walks in mild evening
Aufzusuchen Glück und Abenteuer. Searching for luck and adventure.

Plötzlich stört ihn was an seinem Anzug, Instantly he's troubled by something on his suit,
Er beschaut sich rings und findet richtig - He looks himself over and finds sure enough--
Einen weißen Fleck des hellen Mondes One white spot from the bright moon
Auf dem Rücken seines schwarzen Rockes. On the back of his black coat.

Warte! denkt er: das ist so ein Gipsleck! Wait! he thinks: that's a spot of plaster!
Wischt und wischt, doch - bringt ihn nicht herunter! Wipes and wipes, but-can't get it out!
Und so geht er, giftgeschwollen, weiter, So on he goes, swollen with fury, farther,
Reibt und reibt bis an den frühen Morgen - Rubs and rubs until early morning--
Einen weißen Fleck des hellen Mondes. One white spot from the bright moon.

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from Ars Nova Dallas Plays Pierrot, track released January 23, 2010

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Jordan Randall Smith Baltimore, Maryland

Classical musician Jordan Smith is a conductor, percussionist, vocalist, writer, composer, music educator, and writer from Dallas currently living in Baltimore. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and a Cover Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. ... more

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