Shapirit Y’fehfiah

Instrumentation:  SSA Chorus

Duration: 3:00

New York Treble Singers
Virginia Davidson, conductor
Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church
New York, NY

Program Note
Shapirit Y’fehfiah (Beautiful Dragonfly), is a setting of the lighthearted Hebrew poem of that name by Israeli poet Mira Meir. The beautiful dragonfly looks at herself in a pool of water, and preens, thinking none is more beautiful than she. After wondering what to wear in the evening, she dips here wings, making them glow, then darts away. I was drawn to the lively rhythms and colorful language, and composed this piece for treble chorus while in residence at Mishkan Amanim, an artist colony in Herzliah. I would like to thank the Herzliya Conservatory for their kind hospitality during my stay, and Ms. Meir and ACUM for permission to use her text.–JS

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