Jordan Randall Smith, Jessica Abel, Ars Nova Dallas - Madonna

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Pierrot visits the Virgin Mary, looking to her for peace, but only finding the sorrowful respect and despair for the fate of she and her Son. We see the embitterment of Pierrot in the final phrase.

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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Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen, Rise, o mother of all sorrows
Auf den Altar meiner Verse! The altar of my verses!
Blut aus deinen magren Brusten Blood from your meager breasts
Hat des Schwertes Wut vergossen. The sword's anger has spilled

Deine ewig frischen Wunden Your eternally fresh wounds
Gleichen Augen, rot und offen. Resemble eyes, red and open.
Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen, Rise, o mother of all sorrows
Auf den Altar meiner Verse! On the altar of my verses!

In den abgezehrten Händen In emaciated hands
Hältst du deines Sohnes Leiche. You hold your son's corpse
Ihn zu zeigen aller Menschheit - To show all mankind--
Doch der Blick der Menschen meidet But the gaze of men shuns
Dich, o Mutter aller Schmerzen! You, a mother of all sorrows.


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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