Songs from the Hermetic Theatre

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Songs from the Hermetic Theatre
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Studio album by John Zorn
Released June 26, 2001
Recorded March, 2001
Genre Avant-garde, contemporary classical music
Length 51:21
Label Tzadik TZ 7066
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
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Songs from the Hermetic Theatre
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Songs from the Hermetic Theatre is an album of contemporary classical music by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media8.6/10 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Songs From the Hermetic Theater may not be every Zorn fan's cup of gasoline, but almost none of his records are: he's written so much for so many different kinds of musical groupings it's difficult to have an affinity for them all -- but it is a thoroughly rewarding and enriching collection of new works. This set adds even more depth and dimension to an artist who has become unstoppable not only in his output, but in his vision for modern music".[2]

Writing for Pitchfork Media, Brent S. Sirota stated "Hermetic Theatre is the no-hassle, easy-to-follow, four-step program for achieving that tenuous, bi-polar, paranoid, quasi-hallucinatory handle on living... The antidote to dying miserably".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Zorn

  1. "American Magus" - 14:10
  2. "In the Very Eye of Night" - 11:21
  3. "The Nerve Key" - 9:36
  4. "BeuysBlock" - 16:14


  • Jennifer Choi - violin
  • John Zorn - electronic and computer music, bass, water, drum, flute, glass bowl, metal pipes, wax paper, mud, staple gun


  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 2, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Sirota, B. S. Pitchfork Media review June 26, 2001.