Year of composition
The text (in French) is based on woman´s life in three periods of her life: childhood, youth and oldness. The music makes the contrast between all three periods by changes of character and measures and dissonances inside undefined tonalities.
There are moments where the singer sings the text but also recites it.
The work has three movements:
- Childhood: based on a motif of a popular Hebrew children´s song “Nad-Ned” (to sway). The motif repeats itself in the piano with a very soft character.
- Youth: a quick and agitated movement based on contrasted characters of motifs from the first and the third movements.
- Oldness: a movement with an established tonality after its lack in previous movements: c minor, though dirty and full of dissonances in order to create an ambivalent ambience.