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Tagore Madrigals


picture Tagore Madrigals - for 6 acapella voices (SSATTB) (8')

to an exerpt

poetry of Rabindranath Tagore (from Stray Birds)

    This longing is for the one who is
    felt in the dark, but not seen in the day.     (# 87)
    Her wistful face haunts my dreams
    like the rain at night.                                 (# 8)
    Your voice, my friend, wanders in
    my heart, like the muffled sound of the
    sea among these listening pines.                 (# 80)
    Sorrow is hushed into peace in
    my heart like the evening among the
    silent trees.                                               (# 10)
    Be still, my heart, these great trees
    are prayers.                                               (# 95)
    Put out the lamp when thou wishest.
    I shall know thy darkness and shall
    love it.                                                     (#289)

Note: composed at the American Academy in Rome, 2006. These settings reflect the place in which I composed them - in a studio tucked into the Aurelian wall, overlooking an idyllic garden.

Rabindranath Tagore was a Nobel laureate for literature (1913) as well as one of India's greatest poets. He was a Bengali writer who was born in Calcutta and later traveled around the world. He was knighted in 1915, but gave up his knighthood after the massacre of demonstrators in India in 1919.

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