Open Secret

for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

Behzad Ranjbaran

Text: Poems by Rumi; Trans. by Coleman Barks
Duration: 00:13:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

In my early teens, I had to memorize some poems by Rumi (1207-1273), as it was required in literature classes in Tehran Music Conservatory. Rumi?s poems, along with most of the traditional Persian poems, appealed very little to me at the time. I was more concerned with the urgent political and social issues of the Iranian society in the late 1960s. Only after a journey of many years have I come to appreciate the universality and timelessness of the poems of great Persian poets, whose meanings are so artfully hidden. Many of my recent works are inspired by their poetry and Rumi?s in particular. Rumi?s poetry is filled with mysticism and with the enormous power of love.

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the New Amsterdam Singers and Underwritten by the American Composers Forum With funds provided by the Jerome Foundation
Composition Date 1999
Orchestration SATB Chorus; Fl. Ob. Cl. Perc. Hp. Vn. Vla. Vcl.
Premiere June 8, 1999. New Amsterdam Singers, conducted by Clara Longstreth, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY.

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