• 2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/2.2[(pic tpt)].1.0/2perc/hp/str; trumpets double small percussion
  • Mezzo-soprano; Baritone
  • 28 min

Programme Note

Homage to Gustav Mahler one hundred years after his death

First performance:
October 11 2012
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Nathan Gunn, baritone
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Written across 1,285 years (701-1983) representing 10 countries

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)ARABIAAmy Lowell (1874-1925)USASri Aurobindo (Bengali: Sri Ôrobindo) (1872-1950)INDIAJalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273)PERSIAFriedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)GERMANYWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850)UKGérard de Nerval (1808-1855)FRANCEWang Wei (701-761)CHINAEmily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-1886)USAUvavnuk an Inuit (Netsilik or Iglooik Eskimo) female shaman (19th century)CANADAMatsuo Bashō (1644-1694)JAPANLi Po (China, 701-762)CHINAThomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (1911-1983)USALi Shang-Yin (ca. 813-858)CHINA
1: flower of our heart
2: dancing flowers
3: earth blossoms
4: petal waterfall
5: mountain with violets — (no pause)
6: earth echoes