Of the Sun Born (2008)

For unaccompanied SSAATTBB choir with soprano solo
Duration c.5 min
First Performance: 3rd July 2008, Riga, Latvia
Māris Sirmais conducting Riga Youth Choir “Kāmer…”
Commissioned by and written for Riga Youth choir “Kamer…”

Text: extract from ‘Of the Sun Born’ by Blaga Dimitrova (1922-2003)
With special gratitude to Yordan Vassilev for permission to use the text and Sonia Uvalieva-Rouve for her support.
От Слънце Родена

Щом вдигна глава, и внезапно заставам
със звездната нощ очи в очи.
И поздрава тих на всемира долавям
То сякаш светлинният трепет звучи.

И, капка от тая безкрайна вселена,
Пречупвам аз нейния поглед и глас.
От слънцето щом е земята родена,
от слънцето значи родена съм аз.
Of the Sun Born (free translation by the composer)

The moment I raise my head and suddenly face
The starry night (eye in eye we look at each other- the stars and I)
And as I sense the faint greeting of the universe
It is as though the beaming flicker sounds.

And I, a drop in this Infinity,
Refract her glance and her voice.
It is then that I know for certain:
As Earth was born of the Sun
So too am I of the Sun born.


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