The Rig Veda
Hymns from Indian antiquity to Edwardian England and contemporary Australia.
The Rig Veda is a compilation of ancient Indian Sanskrit hymns. It originated roughly between 1700- 1100BCE, known as the early Vedic period.
Many Western composers have been moved to set its texts. Among the most famous settings are the three books of hymns by the English composer Gustav Holst. They provide a foil for the Australian composer Greg Schiemer and his setting of the Roman Mass in Sanskrit.
Leah Barclay’s short Vedic Remnants is an exploration and contemporary translation of the Athirathram, an enduring cultural ritual from Kerala.
Featured non-Australian music: Gustav Holst
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Featured Australian Works
|Vedic mass (quartets: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos) (1997) by Greg Schiemer|
|Vedic remnants by Leah Barclay|
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