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Slithering Snake

Instrumentation: Mezzo Soprano and Piano

Duration: 4:20min


Written to my own libretto, this piece tells the story of a wandering snake who comes across a field mouse; which it captures and digests. The singer is the snake, narrating her every step. She sings in sprechstimme (between speaking and singing) in a manner reflecting Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. The piece is atonal, evoking a dark and chilling quality which lasts throughout the work.


Performers: Katherine Evans, Grace Ma

© 2015, Adam Zolty

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