How could the soul not take flight

(1996)

by Jonathan Harvey

Description
double unaccompanied SATB chorus
Duration
15
Genres
Mixed Voices
Text
Jala Al-Din Rumi translated by Andrew Harvey
Languages
English
Commission
Commissioned by and for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain with funds from the Arts Council of England and NewsInternational
First Performance
23.7.96, Suva, Fiji: National Youth Choir of Great Britain/Michael Brewer
Availability

0-571-51800-1 on sale

Programme Notes
How could the soul not take flight for Double Choir Andrew Harvey, the translator of the present and some other of Rumis 5000-odd poems, wrote in his revelatory book on this thirteenth century Sufi, The Way of Passion: André Malraux said that if the twenty-first century is to be, it will have to be religious. And Teilhard de Chardin, just before he died, said, Humankind is being brought to a moment where it will have to decide between suicide and adoration. Rumi is one of the greatest mystic poets in the world. He is also, I believe, of all the great poets and religious masters that we have, the supreme master of adoration. So, at this time, when we need to be inspired to love the world that we are in the midst of destroying, when we have forgotten our divine identity and its ecstacies and responsibilities, a guide and witness like Rumi to the glory of God and the soul and to the necessity of a religion of love that transcends all dogmas to embrace the entire creation, is beyond price. This setting of How could the soul not take flight for double choir is, as we move into the next millenium, a small hommage to Rumi and to his vision. It was commissioned by and for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Jonathan Harvey

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