|Sacred Songs and Iterludes|
|composer:||Nancy Galbraith (2006)|
|authors:||Kabîr; Rabindranath Tagore
Anonymous from "Tao Te Ching"
Anonymous from "The Shih Ching"
Anonymous from "The Udana"
Traditional from the Ordinary of the Mass
Rabbi Daniel ben Yedudah
|genre:||SATB, Soloists & Mixed Ensemble|
|length:||12 movements, 47:30 minutes|
|publisher:||Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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|orchestration:||SATB, mezzo-soprano, baritone; *fl-1, fl-2 (alto);
pno (synth); 2perc [*flute, bamboo flute, bansuri,
panpipes, chordal panpipes]
|premiere:||18 March 2006
The Pittsburgh Camerata; Rebecca Rollett, conductor
Sixth Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
|program:||1. Opening Song (Tagore)||7. Lord Have Mercy (Christian)|
|2. Always Without Desire (Tao)||8. Holy, Holy, Holy (Christian)|
|3. Dance My Heart (Sufi Muslim)||9. The Moon Shines in My Body (Hindu)|
|4. Harmony & Peace At Last (Confucian)||10. Flute Interlude|
|5. Chants and Mantras (Hindu/Buddhist)||11. Yigdal (Judaic)|
|6. The Enlightenment (Buddhist)||12. Closing Song (Tagore)|
|program notes:||"Sacred Songs & Interludes" was commissioned by Linda W. Shaw and Richard E. Shaw for The Pittsburgh Camerata's Spring 2006 concert series.|
Each movement of "Sacred Songs & Interludes" is based upon a text borrowed from the poetry and canonical literature of the world's seven principal religions — Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. With the use of indigenous scale materials, harmonies, and instruments, the music creates atmospheres suggested in the texts. The overall tone is folk-like, foregoing the abstract pro forma approach to setting religious writings. The work celebrates mankind's rich diversity in a musical prayer for wholeness and peace within the human family. "Sacred Songs & Interludes" is dedicated to the Pittsburgh Camerata and music director Rebecca Rollett.
|press bytes:||...marvelously colorful and appealing. —Pittsburgh Magazine|
|Pittsburgh composer Nancy Galbraith's 30-year career continues to take on new dimensions. Her latest endeavor, "Sacred Songs and Interludes," gracefully integrates her characteristic rhythmic harmonic progressions with Middle-Eastern and Far-Eastern tunes and modes in a work that is both a sensitive celebration of humankind's rich diversity and a powerful musical prayer for wholeness and peace.
—Pittsburgh Post Gazette
|recording:||Sacred Songs & Interludes
The Pittsburgh Camerata
Rebecca Rollett, music director
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