Dr. Patrick O'Shea
2010 Kaplan Commission
Sunday, November 14th 2:00 PM, 2010, Page Theatre
Composer and Conductor: Paul Richards
Title: If You Could Only See the Frog
The composition is based on a children's song from Bulgaria sung by the exiled Jews in the Spanish-Jewish dialect of Ladino. The original title of the song is "Si Veriash a la Rana," and its text in English translation is as follows:
If only you could see the little frog sitting on the oven, frying her fritas and sharing with her sisters!
If only you could see the little mouse in the corner, shelling walnuts and sharing with her sisters!
If only you could see the little camel sitting on the dough-board, rolling out filo thinner than hair!
This is punctuated by s curious refrain in Turkish which simply means "I love you so much."
The work combines Landino melodic figurations and traditional Bulgarian metric construction, resulting in a percussion-driven, playful and memorable composition.
Composer Paul Richards will say a few words about the work at it's premire, and also will be in residence at SMU during the week prior to the performance. For more information regarding the composer please see www.paulrichardsmusic.com