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The work opens from the poet’s perspective. He sets the scene. Pierrot is heard in the music, though not yet mentioned by name. We hear the moonlight, painted by the instruments.

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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Zu grausem Abendmahle, For a terrible Last Supper,
Beim Blendeglanz des Goldes, By the murk gleam of gold,
Beim Flackerschein der Kerzen, By flickering candlelight
Naht dem Altar - Pierrot! Near the altar--Pierrot

Die Hand, die gottgeweihte, His hand, the annointed,
Zerreißt die Priesterkleider Rips up the priest's vestments
Zu grausem Abendmahle, For a terrible Last Supper
Beim Blendeglanz des Goldes By the murk gleam of gold.

Mit segnender Geberde With consecrated bearing
Zeigt er den bangen Seelen He shows the anxious souls
Die triefend rote Hostie: The dripping red Host:
Sein Herz - in blutgen Fingern - His heart--in bloodied fingers--
Zu grausem Abendmahle! For a terrible Last Supper


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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