This art song sets poems by writers who were both geographically and historically distant from one another. The first is by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1844-1889, England, and the second by Rumi, 13th c. Persia. It is little wonder that their poetry is so different. Hopkins is verbose, and Rumi is laconic; Hopkins pleading, and Rumi content; Hopkins earnest, Rumi playful. Both are deeply interested in beauty. I attempt to capture and contrast the different characters of their poems while also correlating specific words and sounds with individual pitches.
Instrumentation: Soprano (voice) and Piano
Duration: about 3 minutes, 30 seconds