Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (1988) 21'

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore, translated by William Radice

Orchestration: six solo voices: SSMsTBarB (each singer requires a pair of crotales)

Commissioned by: the London Sinfonietta Voices

Dedicated to: my mother Khurshid Mehta

Language: English and Sanskrit

First performance: 21 May 1988

London Sinfonietta Voices conducted by Terry Edwards
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


An image of Shiva from popular Indian calender art.

A choral version of this work is now available. HE BEGINS HIS GREAT TRANCE is a substantial reworking of this music for SSAATTBB. Send a message if you are a choral ensemble interested in this work.