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Naja Naja Naja

for 2 female singers and instrumental septet

Year:  1989   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  soprano, mezzo-soprano, oboe, B flat clarinet, trumpet in C, cello, double bass, 2 percussion: congas, bongos, large suspended cymbal, large tambourine

Year:  1989
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  soprano, mezzo-soprano, obo...

Composer:   Helen Bowater

About

Naja Naja Naja is a setting of Sylvia Plath's poem "Snakecharmer". The vocal parts involve sprechstimme, onomatopoeic distortion of words and fragmentation of text in this depiction of a snaky world created by the snake charmer.


Commissioned note

commissioned by Continuum Ensemble, in Christchurch (directed by John Young)

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Text note

Text from "The Snakecharmer" by Sylvia Plath (1957)


Performance history

Performed by Continuum Ensemble, Christchurch including singers Elizabeth McFarlane-Emelaus and Ros Emelaus