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Songs of Kabir

for Soprano and Baritone Soloists, SATB Chorus, and Orchestra

duration 30'

Commissioned by: The Seattle Choral Company,
Fred Coleman, Music Director

World Premiere: 1995, Meany Theater, Seattle

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Lauren Wagner, Soprano; Kevin Helppie, Baritone;
Seattle Choral Company, Fred Coleman, Conductor
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First Page of Score

Text (First Chorus):

O my heart! the Supreme Spirit, the Great Master,
is near you: wake, oh wake!
Run to the feet of your beloved:
for your Lord stands near to your head.
You have slept for unnumbered ages: Oh wake!

                              —Kabir (1440?-1518)
                                (trans., Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941)