Three Arias for Soprano and Piano from Women of Valor

for soprano and piano (2000)

Piano/Vocal Score

by Andrea Clearfield


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Perusal Score


Women of Valor: Movement I - IV. Leah · Andrea Clearfield · Los Angeles Jewish Symphony · Noreen Green · Rinat Shaham · Hila Plitmann · Tovah Feldshuh

Anne Slovin, soprano
Michael Gaertner, piano

April 14th, 2018
Auer Hall
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

Women of Valor: Movement III - IV. Ruth · Andrea Clearfield · Los Angeles Jewish Symphony · Noreen Green · Hila Plitmann · Tovah Feldshuh


15 min


Commissioned by The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Noreen Green, Music Director


soprano, piano


Rivka Miriam (trans. Linda Zisquit) : Leah
Roza Yakubovitsh (trans. Kathryn Hellerstein) : Rachel
Marge Piercy : Ruth


1. Leah
2. Rachel
3. Ruth

Program Notes

Women of Valor is a celebration of women from the Old Testament. The cantata was inspired by a midrash (biblical commentary) on Proverbs where each line of the biblical text from Proverbs 31 represents a biblical woman. Women of Valor highlights the stories of Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Jocheved, Miriam, Hannah, Jael, Michal, Ruth and Esther. The hour-long work is scored for soprano and 1 or 2 mezzo-soprano soloists, narrator and symphony orchestra. It was given its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 16th, 2000 by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green and was favorably reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. Soloists were Hila Plittman, soprano and Gail Dubinbaum, mezzo-soprano, and the narrator was noted television actress Valerie Harper. The performance was sponsored by Hadassah Southern California, who created educational programs around the work. A story on Women of Valor was broadcast nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered in April, 2000. “Ruth’s Aria” was awarded First Prize in the Classical Category of the American Jewish Music Festival 2000 Competition. The chamber version of Women of Valor is scored for soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, violin, Middle Eastern percussion, piano and narrator and has been performed at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the international colloquium “Jewish Biblical Interpretation in Comparitive Context” sponsored by the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and at numerous synagogues. “Hannah’s Prayer” (“Prayer”) for soprano, harp and string orchestra has been performed at the Liacoras Center in Philadelphia at the Opening Ceremonies for the National Maccabi Games in honor of the Munich 11 athletes and was also performed in the fall of 2001 in Beverly Hills as a memoriam to those who died on September 11, 2001. “Jocheved” is arranged for women’s chorus and has been performed in England, Germany and the U.S. by the Lady Chapel Singers and is published in the Episcopal Church Hymnal Supplement “Voices Found: Women in the Church’s Song” by Church Publishing. The arias from Women of Valor are also arranged for voice with piano accompaniment. The Lehigh Valley Orchestra presented the East Coast premiere of Women of Valor in January, 2004 in Allentown, Pennsylvania sponsored by the Jewish/Christian Institute for Understanding, and an arrangement of the work for chamber orchestra was performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in March, 2004 with celebrity narrator, Laraine Newman.

— Andrea Clearfield