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On-dit

female voice, harp

 

2014

Commissioned by Ben Melsky

Premiered by Ben Melsky and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Nov 30, 2014, Constellation, Chicago, IL

Text by Voltaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On-dit: gossip, hearsay

 

Text: “A Mme Lullin” (excerpt)

 

Nous naissons, nous vivons, bergère,
Nous mourons sans savoir comment;
Chacun est parti du néant:
Où va-t-il?…Dieu le sait, ma chère.

 

We are born, we live, bergère,

We die without knowing how;

Each of us comes from nothing:

Where do we go?...God knows, my dear.

Read more about On-dit at Ben Melsky's blog, Chicago Harp Lab.