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)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440
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.
composer's notes:

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