Out Beyond Ideas

Poet/Lyricist: 

O'Shaughnessy/Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Commissioned by: 

VocalEssence and the Louis and Mary Kay Smith Foundation for the Sabathani Vintage Voices choir of Minneapolis, directed by Robert Graham and Viva Voce choir of Champlin Park High School, Minnesota, directed by Margaret Sabin

Premiere: 

Vintage Voices, directed by Robert Graham and Viva Voce Choir, directed by Margaret Sabin

Level: 

moderate
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-116-01 SAB/SATB and piano

VocalEssence Chorus, directed by G. Phillip Schultz, III
$2.35

Text:

We are the Music Makers/Out Beyond Ideas

We Are the Music Makers

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur O'Shaughnessy, 1897

Out beyond ideas

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.

Rumi, translated by Rabindranath Tagore

Performances

VocalEssence Chorus, directed by G. Phillip Shoultz, III (Minneapolis)

Vintage Voices and Viva Voce Choirs, directed by Robert Graham and Margaret Sabin (Minneapolis and Champlin Park, Minnesota)

 

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