• John Harbison
  • Mirabai Songs (1982)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • afl, bcl, perc, hp, vn, va, vc, db
  • pf
  • Soprano [=Mezzo soprano]
  • 18 min
  • Mirabai, tran. by Robert Bly
  • English

Programme Note

Composer Note:

Mirabai's ecstatic religious poetry was written in 16th-century India. When she was 27, her husband was killed in a war. Mirabai refused to die on her husband's funeral pyre, as was the custom. Instead, she left her family compound, wrote her poems to Krishna, the Dark One, and sang and danced them in the streets.

ā€” John Harbison


Mirabai Songs: I. It's True, I Went to the Market
Mirabai Songs: II. All I Was Doing Was Breathe
Mirabai Songs: III. Why Mira Can't Go Back to Her Old House
Mirabai Songs: IV. Where Did You Go?
Mirabai Songs: V. Clouds
Mirabai Songs: VI. Don't Go, Don't Go



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