House of Jatamansi

Lynn Job

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Publisher: Buckthorn Music Press
NOTES: House of Jatamansi (I. Twilight, II. Moonsong, III. Reverie) by American woman composer Lynn Job was commissioned for "Due Solisti" and premiered September 30, 2008 (Rosh Hashanah, “The Feast of Trumpets”) in Prague, Czech Republic (Church of St. Jakob’s Ladder). This piece tells a story found in The Gospel of John 12:1-8, The Holy Bible: The six days before Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) last Passover Festival and subsequent Passion, His friend Mary unseals a new alabaster vessel and pours 16 ounces of precious spikenard fragrance oil (a Himalayan herb – Nardostachys Jatamansi) on His feet at the special evening supper gathering held in His honor in her home (the home shared with her sister Martha and her brother Lazarus) in Bethany, Judea. Bethany – now called Lazariyeh – was Jesus’s last rest stop before arriving in Jerusalem. He accepts this gift (worth a year’s wages) as a prophetic funerary gesture, and the scent fills the house. From the imagination of the composer, the three short musical movements in House of Jatamansi express sequential impressions of this tender and sanctified Spring evening spent within the safe courtyard of this dear and trusted household. The composer presents new music along with thematic self-quotes from other works: Kidrish Fields, and, Systole: Book I (3 songs): No. 3 “Mosaic Flame (Crescent Moon) [Israel]”
Version: (3-part fanatasy for flute and organ)
Year composed: 2008
Duration: 00:09:30
Ensemble type: Keyboard:Organ
Instrumentation: ,1 Flute soloist(s)

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