Ellen Frankel
Lyrics by Ellen Frankel, Music by Andrea Clearfield

Story

Performed at the University of Pennsylvania, May 6, 2006, by the Mendelssohn Club, conductor Alan Harler.  Soloist Sanford Sylvan. Music by Andrea Clearfield. Lyrics by Ellen Frankel.

To hear an audio track for this piece, go to www.andreaclearfield.com.

Lyrics

ABRACADABRA

 

Avra ke-davra.

Thus spoke my master,

Judah Loew,

the Maharal,

the lion-hearted rabbi of Prague.

I will create as I speak.

In the beginning God created,

b'resheet bara.

 

So did Rabbi Judah wrest me from the mud of the Moldau,

and circling seven times,

bring me to life.

Alef, bet, gimel, dalet, hay, vav, zayin.

Eyns, tsvey, dray, fier, finef, zeks, zibn.

Seven gates, seven planets, seven earths, seven heavens,

Seven lands, seven rivers, seven seas and seven deserts,

Seven days, seven weeks, seven years, Jubilee.

Shabbat, Shavuot, shiva, seven-branched menorah.

 

Avra ke-davra.

Abracadabra—

my skin of mud glowed red with blood,

my lungs drew air, I sprouted hair.

Yet still I was but cold, dead clay, until--

My master etched upon my brow:

Emet, Truth--

I breathed,

and knew life.

 

Copyright Ellen Frankel, 2006

Lucy Ching
Ellen Frankel

Story

From the opera, SLAYING THE DRAGON," music by Michael Ching, libretto by Ellen Frankel. In this excerpt, the composer's young daughter, Lucy Ching, sings a song from Act I, Scene 2. 

Lyrics

God, hear our prayer.

Close our ears to the sirens of hate.

God, hear our prayer.

Turn our hearts to the summons of love.

Heal those who hurt,

And make them whole.

Give us peace on earth—

O God, hear our prayer!

 

God, hear our prayer.

Cool our blood from the fever of fear.

God, hear our prayer.

Spark our tongues with the fire of truth.

Forgive those who sin,

Help them to turn.

Give us peace on earth—

O God, hear our prayer!

 

God, hear our prayer.

Free our hands from the fists of revenge.

God, hear our prayer.

Clear our eyes for a vision of grace.

Show us Your face

In those we meet.

Give us peace on earth—

O God, hear our prayer!

 

God, hear our prayer.

Librettist of Opera and Choral Works

Libretti: I am available to write lyrics for short works for voice and/or chorus, as well as longer pieces such as cantatas and operas.

 

I am especially interested in truly collaborative projects, involving multiple drafts and close work with the composer.

 

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Contact Information: ellen.frankel@gmail.com