by Jonathan Harvey

unaccompanied SATB chorus
Mixed Voices
Text: traditional latin Marian antiphons, hymn and the litany of Loreto (Latin); traditional sanskrit buddhist prayers and offerings to the goddess Varahi (Sanskrit and Eng, trans. by the composer); English adaptation of the Renaissance hymn to the Virgin
Commissioned by the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
First Performance
17.06.99 Rahmen des Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentages, Stuttgart: SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart/Rupert Huber

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Programme Notes
MARAHI is a hymn of adoration to the Divine Feminine in the form of the Virgin Mary and the buddhist Goddess Varahi. The divine love is envisaged as active in three realms: the angelic realm (major triads), the human realm (monodic lines) and the animal realm ('noise'). The hymns and sutras journey through all three equally. It is a work of ritual. Marahi was commissioned by the Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag, 1999 for the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, conductor Rupert Huber.

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