There is now a sneak preview available from the Westminster Choir's upcoming album "The Heart's Reflection - Music of Daniel Elder" distributed by Naxos records.  The first part in a cycle of Rumi settings entitled Three Themes of Life and Love, "In Your Light" explores one of the most joyful of Rumi's poems and expresses it musically in a churning statement of pure ecstasy.  These pieces are written for mixed chorus and percussion accompaniment, to be played by a single performer.  Just as Rumi's works are at once erotic and full of an earthy humanity, the use of these dramatic and colorful percussion instruments traditionally found in the orchestral palette aids in placing Rumi's words in an appropriately passionate tone of expression and give the music a raw, ethnic feel.  "In Your Light" begins the cycle with a powerfully energized tone that expresses the full depth and height of this inherent joy.  I sought to depict the unbridled emotion and profound insight he describes in the text, included below.  Enjoy this special preview of the upcoming album release, and please look for it on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever classical music is sold - September 2013!

In your light I learn how to love.  
In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest, 
where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do, 
and that sight becomes this art.



08/26/2013 4:30pm

Is there a specific date for the release of this album? I can't wait to buy it!

08/27/2013 8:35pm

Thanks, Luke. I will be sharing an exact date as soon as I am informed of one!


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