Listen to All Things Burning (mezzo & alto flute)
PDF score and parts for Listen to All Things Burning, music by Lisa Neher, poetry by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, for mezzo-soprano and alto flute.
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Length: 6 minutes
Vocal Range: B-flat3-F#5
These settings of Rumi's poetry, in translation by Coleman Barks, explore the spiritual journey in two very different moods. In Prayer, the speaker is full of reverence and trust for the divine, drawing spiritual nourishment from following in the footsteps of the beloved. In This Poetry, the speaker's attention (and thus, the alto flute!) flits from idea to idea, the search for an answer pulling the voice up and down, this way and that.
Poems by Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks
Used by permission
I want to be where
your bare foot walks,
because maybe before you step,
you’ll look at the ground.
I want that blessing.
All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.
This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I’ll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear, who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?
Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
I don’t plan it.
When I’m outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.