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Kõrvits, Tõnu: The Songs of Songs of Songs 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    The Songs of Songs of Songs
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2011
  • First performance (year): 
    2011
  • First performance (venue): 
    Assembly Hall of Tartu University, Estonia
  • First performance (performers): 
    Academic Female Choir of Tartu University, conductor Triin Koch
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    "The Songs of Songs of Songs" is a cycle written on a text from Solomon Songs of Songs. It was first performed by the Academic Female Choir of Tartu University, conductor Triin Koch on May 15, 2011 in Assembly Hall of Tartu University.

    Lyrics:
    "Songs of Song of Songs" (2011)
    (SSAA)

    I Tell me... (1:7)
    Tell me, you whom my soul loves, where you graze your flock, where you rest them at noon; For why should I be as one who is veiled beside the flocks of your companions?

    II Awake, O North Wind (4:16)
    Awake, O north wind, and
    come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.

    III Let Us See Whether the Vines Have Budded (7:12)
    Let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.

    IV For Love Is as Strong as Death (8:6-7)
    Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.

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