Photo of Naomi Sorkin by Gail Hadani

 
 
 
 

 

Photo of Naomi Sorkin by Gail Hadani

 
 
 
 

 

Photo of Naomi Sorkin by Gail Hadani

 
 
 

SONG OF BILITIS

Noa Ain's Song of Bilitis is freely based on the book CHANSONS DE BILITIS by Pierre Louÿs

Music and English Lyrics for the song-cycle and Book for Music-Theatre version by Ms. Ain

Above, are 3 recordings of the 8 song cycle. BILITIS also exists as a music-theatre work in which a very different music participates...rhythmic, wild, jazz improvisations push the action forward moving in and out of the melodic lush songs for the character of BILITIS who IN THE MUSIC-THEATRE VERSION, Pierre, the writer, is in crisis because his long love-affair with Bilitis is over as she has left him for a woman named Mnasidika (dancer/actress). Pierre decides to write about the break-up and her new affair so that he can "enter their world" and thus, find out, why Bilitis has left him..Eventually, Mnasidika falls in love with the chorus (young soprano), Pierre gives up the hope of Bilitis returning to him, and Bilitis is left alone.