Hark My Love

Instrumentation: SATB chorus and piano
Duration: 3:10
Premiere: 10/13/91
The New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman Conductor
Merkin Hall, New York, NY

Program Note:
Hark My Love is a setting of verses from the Song of Songs in Marvin Pope’s translation for the Anchor Bible (verses 8-10, 14, 16-17). This richly-textured symbolic text sparked my musical imagination, and the lyrical translation and rhythmic flow of this translation seemed especially apt for musical interpretation. I tried to capture something of the spirit and content of the word in the musical flow and text setting. Hark My Love was commissioned by choral conductor Judith Clurman and premiered by her and the New York Concert Singers at New York’s Merkin Hall. It is dedicated to my husband, Michael Kubovy. The poetry is from the Song of Songs (Anchor Bible), in a version translated and edited by Marvin H. Pope. The text is used by permission of the publisher, Yale University Press.–JS


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