Gitanjali 1 (for SATB a cappella choir)
Approx. duration = 4:45
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Set to a portion of the first poem from the collection of devotional poetry called
Gitanjali by the mystic Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. The text was
converted from the original which was set in old English to make it easier to sing
The composition explores various counterpoint techniques including a brief
fugue, following the feelings behind the text: joy, reverence, humility, awe,
Text by Rabindranath Tagore
You have made me endless, such is your pleasure. This frail vessel you empty again and again, and fill it ever with fresh life.
This little flute of a reed you have carried over hills and dales, and have breathed through it melodies eternally new.
At the immortal touch of your hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth to utterance ineffable.
Your infinite gifts come to me only on these very small hands of mine.