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Pierrot resigns himself to martyrdom. A somber but accepting peace befalls him.

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

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Der Mond, ein blankes Türkenschwert The moon, a shining scimitar
Auf einem schwarzen Seidenkissen, On a black silk cushion,
Gespenstisch groß - dräut er hinab Ghastly huge--it slices down
Durch schmerzendunkle Nacht. Through the pained dark night.

Pierrot irrt ohne Rast umher Pierrot stumbles about the rest
Und starrt empor in Todesängsten And stares up in the fear of death
Zum Mond, dem blanken Türkenschwert At the moon, a shining scimitar
Auf einem schwarzen Seidenkissen. On a black silk cushion.

Es schlottern unter ihm die Knie, His knees chatter under him,
Ohnmächtig bricht er jäh zusammen. Swooning he headlong collapses.
Er wähnt: es sause strafend schon He fancies: he hears whizzing punitive down
Auf seinen Sünderhals hernieder On his sinner's neck slicing
Der Mond, das blanke Türkenschwert. The moon, the shining scimitar.


from Ars Nova Dallas Plays Pierrot, released January 21, 2013



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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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