Jeffrey James wrote:
>The piece, for two bass clarinets, is a response to the troubled
>relationship between the descendants of half-brothers Yitzchak and
>Yishmael (sons of Abraham), now Israelis and Palestinians.
Would be more accurate if the notes stated that in the interpretation
that they are offering of the biblical texts Yits-chak and Yishma'el are
understood as the progenitors of Israelis and Arabs or Palestinians bc.
no biblical scholars seriously interpret the Ishmaelites as Proto-Arabs.
This is a far later interpretation and should be so acknowledged.
>The title recalls Psalm 133, vs. 1: 'Hinei ma tov u'ma nayim, shevet
>achim gam yachad (How good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell
>together as one).'
May I suggest "na'im" with a glottal stop and not a /y/.