Of itself, of course not.
But when the words are as sensitive and the score as intuitive as Boaz Ben-Moshe’s Away From Me at the Israel Music Festival yesterday, we are able to imagine that music can in some way represent the most difficult and impenetrable of human conditions.
The score occupied a zone between modern and post-modern, with elements of Boulez and Tippett to the fore and a taste of where Thomas Ades appears to be these days. Meirav Eldan was the vocalist. The audience was gripped. One of the poets, transitioning from male to female, sat intently in the shadows.
She will be the subject of a major feature at the weekend.
An all-absorbing experience. And a very Israeli one.