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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Song of Songs (1992)
Text Writer
from Sholom Aleichem, trans. by Curt Leviant, and Bible
Alhambra RXR
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
32 Minutes
Soprano, Narrator
Programme Note
Robert Xavier Rodríguez The Song of Songs (1992)

Beauty is the primary characteristic of the Robert X. Rodríguez’s SONG OF SONGS.... Written as a Holocaust memorial, the work combines passages from the biblical "Song of Songs Which is Solomon’s" with a short love story by Sholem Aleichem....Combined with ethereal accompaniments on strings, harp and piano, they were as ravishing as the King James version’s poetry....While appealing musically, the SONG OF SONGS somehow avoids both prettiness and anachronism. It is as delicate and fragile as a piece of crystal, but could have been written only in the 20th (or 21st) century, after Stravinsky’s L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT.
Christopher Hyde, MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM,01/01/0001
THE SONG OF SONGS [is] a theatre piece for mezzo-soprano, actor and chamber ensemble. This cleverly mixes two Songs of Songs - one the biblical one sung by the vocalist, the other a Sholom Aleichem tale read by the actor. The instrumentalists provide musical commentary. Both as a story and as a piece of music it was a consistently interesting work.
Olin Chism, The Dallas Morning News,01/01/0001
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