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Once Upon a Time, circa 1994

ISRAEL HERE / LAND OF MIRACLES    [The Company welcomes us, telling us that this will be a story of love and Israel. Suddenly the music becomes dark, and our focus goes to another area. A Palestinian suicide bomber dons his explosive vest and says a prayer. Then the music brightens once more, and lights come up on a Jerusalem market in the 1990s.  Natives and tourists celebrate the diversity and history of Israel. The bomber is in the crowd.]
NOTE
:  As this number ends there is a LOUD EXPLOSION
.


MY LAND  
   [Lillah, the Palestinian militant girl, resents the Jewish soldiers eyeing her, and expresses her defiance.]

TWO EAGLES     [Lillah rejects the attentions of Moshe, the Israeli soldier.]


ANGELS OF HEAVEN   
[A Mufti convinces Hussein, a poor youth, to become a suicide bomber].


THE SKIRMISH ON THE ROOF   
[Instrumental.  In a gunfight, Lillah's brothers kill Moshe's buddy, Raful.  They are about to shoot Lillah as well when Moshe fires on the brothers, killing them.


CHAIN OF LIFE   
[Rabbis and Arab notables remark about the futility of resisting Fate.]


JUST ME NOW
  
[Lillah, facing an honor-killing, flees her family and finds herself all alone in the world.]


LOVE COMES MARCHING    [Moshe is torn by his love for Lillah the woman, and his enmity for her as an
Arab.]

     


NIGHT OF JERUSALEM   
[The Holy City sings to its inhabitants in a mystical nocturne.]

ABDALLAH'S LAMENT   [An old Arab sheik remembers a time when Jews and Arabs lived as good neighbors.]

OUR LOVE WILL SHINE   [Moshe and Lillah vow to remain together, facing whatever life brings.]

AND THEN CAME LOVE   [At Lillah's trial, which is  to rule on her religious conversion, the participants realize how Love changes one's course.]

FINAL SCENE LILLAH'S PRAYER   [Instrumental.  Lillah, now realizing that she is a Jew and Moshe is an Arab, prays to God (and Allah!) for their future and the future of their country.]

 




LEARNING TRACKS (melody and piano accompaniment - Complete Score)

Performed by the Composer with Heather Curran and Michael Yeshion

Orchestrations by the Composer
"Two Eagles"  Copyright 2010, 2016 John Clifton and Tuvia Tenenbom
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