The Tranquil mind (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble)
by Ross Edwards
Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello.
Duration: 4 min.
This song is one of a collection of chamber works under the title Kingfisher, Songs for Halcyon. The songs were gifts from the composers to celebrate 15 years of music-making by Australia’s leading ensemble for vocal chamber music.
A fabled bird identified with the kingfisher, the halcyon had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice. The composers took their inspiration from the word 'halcyon', each displaying their own unique voice in writing for singers and instruments. The 21 songs represent the cream of vocal composition in Australia and offer a lasting tribute to the relationships formed between Halcyon and the composers who have written for them over the years.
The tranquil mind, by Ross Edwards
Recorded live at Halcyon concert 'This Kind of Life' on July 21, 2018 in Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music The Tranquil Mind, for two female voices, clarinet and cello, is a setting in English of a brief text from the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Sanskrit poem of transcendent spiritual power, which takes the form of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the Lord Krishna: The tranquil mind is like a flame in a windless place.
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