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Circling Time

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By Gilad Cohen

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Piano Solo - Digital Download
Composed by Gilad Cohen. Contemporary Classical. Score. 31 pages. Published by Gilad Cohen Music (S0.610853).

Item Number: S0.610853

A few years ago, an unpublishedpoem by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai was discovered.  Beginning withthe words “And with severe pains…”, the untitled poem argues that there are twotypes of time: one that progresses, and one that repeatsitself.  Indeed, although life seems to move linearly from birth todeath, it often seems as though our experiences have a way of repeatingthemselves.  Challenges—and our emotional reactions tochallenges—sometimes create the impression that nothing really changes and thatwe are faced with the same issues over and over again.  CirclingTime reflects these two notions of time.  Although itoutlines various moods, it features a single main theme that repeats over andover. The theme itself, while creating an impression of a continuousline, is structured of two repetitions of the same seven notes.  Ourphysical body also reflects these two types of time: it changes as it ages overtime, yet our basic vital signs – our breath and our heartbeat – repeatthroughout our lives with little change.  Likewise, throughout thepiece from beginning to end, a steady pulse of G in the middle of the pianooccurs without a stop. Only at the very end does the pulse halt: itis then replaced by a long, sustained note, suggesting the last heartbeat inone's life.

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