Songs from the Sanskrit
for SATB a cappella (1976 rev. 2010)
by Ron Hannah

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Words: Sanskrit poety (translated into English)
Duration: about 8 minutes

    This set of seven songs sung without a break resulted from my having been given a book of Sanskrit poetry, in translation, and finding

therein a wealth of sensual and beautiful images. My favourite is the picture of a half-asleep young girl trying to rearrange the moonbeams that fall across her bed. The music reflects my increasing interest in atonal and polytonal styles. Each of the 4 voices sings strictly on the notes of a single scale, (sopranos on E+, altos on Ab+, tenors on C+, basses on G- (harmonic)), easy lines by themselves, but they combine in unexpected and dissonant ways.

    A professional, or very good amateur choir is required to do this work justice. It has not yet been performed.

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