The Freshness

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB div., harp (or piano), narrator / also available in SSAA div., voicing

A sensuous setting of a Coleman Barks translation of the great
and beloved Sufi poet, Rumi. Opens with a unison / 2 part
declamation. The vocal texture becomes more intense/dense
as Rumi's text carries the listener deeper into his ecstatic
realization: "I can't explain the goings / or the comings,
You enter suddenly / and I am nowhere again /
Inside the majesty."

The rhythmic harp accompaniment was
inspired by the traditional kora playing of Toumani
Diabate (Jali from Mali, West Africa). Harp translates
well to piano.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
VMP002 (SATB)
Catalog Number: 
VMP003 (SSAA)
Duration: 
5:00
Total Pages: 
12
Commissioned By: 
Aurora Chorus
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/16/2001
Premiere Ensemble: 
Aurora Chorus
Premiere Conductor: 
Joan Szymko
Performances: 

A Choral Conspiracy, Portland OR (Joan Szymko, cond.)
Belle Voci Women's Choir, Portland, OR, (Margaret Green, cond.)
Chamber Choir at First Untarian Church, Portland (Mark Slegers, cond.)
Canon Beach Choral Conducting Workshop, Rodney Eichenberger, clinician

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Jalalud'din Rumi (13th c), translated by Coleman Barks from "Soul of Rumi"
Language: 
English
Text: 

The Freshness

When it's cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.

And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.

The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.

I can't explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,

and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.

©Coleman Barks