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World-Filling Light

For three groups of amateur musicians and a professional sextet

YEAR: 2012

ORCHESTRATION: Three groups of mixed instrumental ensembles of amateur musicians and a professional sextet: flute, clarinet, vibraphone, violin, violoncello and double bass

DURATION: 35'

LANGUAGE: English

WORDS BY: Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore's 'Light' from Gitanjali, translated by William Radice

COMMISSIONED BY: Wigmore Hall Trust, London

DEDICATION: William Radice

AVAILABILITY: Contact the composer for details.

WORK NOTES:

graphic image from Movement 5 of the score

Gitanjali 57 (57)

[From Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali: Song Offerings, a new translation by William Radice (Penguin India, New Delhi, 2011), pp. 78-9. Used by kind permission of William Radice. Copyright William Radice.]

Light, light, light, oh light
that fills the world!
Eye-bathing light by which
our hearts are swirled.
Light, light, light, oh light
that fills the world!
Eye-bathing light by which
our hearts are swirled.

Light that dances, brothers, rolling
            our lives along;
Light that twangs our heartstrings like
            the veena’s song.
Sky awaking, planet laughing,
            breeze unfurled:
Light, light, light, oh light
that fills the world!
Eye-bathing light by which
our hearts are swirled.

Streams of light for sails of thousands
of butterflies;
Waves of light where dancing jasmines
buoyantly rise.
Streams of light for sails of thousands
of butterflies;
Waves of light where dancing jasmines
buoyantly rise.

Gold in the sky, jewels in the clouds
            beyond compare;
Smiling trees, oh brothers, heaps
            of joy in the air.
Overflowing heavenly river,
            nectar hurled;
Light, light, light, oh light
that fills the world!
Eye-bathing light by which
our hearts are swirled.[1]



[1] From Tagore’s play Achalayatan (1912).  See Introduction, p. xliv.  Although it is a song with a splendid melody, and I have given the repetitions it has when sung, it also has the energy of a poem, so I have used metre and rhyme as well. (W.R.)

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