From the State of Emptiness

Poet/Lyricist: 

Catherine Dalton

From the State of Emptiness blends my memories of Tibetan monks chanting heard during my travels in the East, with the melodic shape and texture of Western chant. In weaving these two styles together my intention was not to emulate any one style of sacred music, but to bring my own sacred experience to the creation of new music.

Premiere: 

October 25, 2009 Unity-Unitarian Church Choir, Ruth Palmer, director

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-104-01B SATB choir, suspended cymbal and frame drum

Camerata Nova, Mel Braun, conductor
$2.00
HSPD-104-01B
digital download
SATB choir, suspended cymbal and frame drum $1.20
HSP-104-04A SSAA, sus. cymbal, frame drum, cello $2.00
HSPD-104-04A
digital download
SSAA, sus. cymbal, frame drum, cello $1.20

Text:

From the State of Emptiness

O Mani Padme Hum

From the State of Emptiness,
the self flows freely to the sky
breathing the sweet breath of life.

From the State of Emptiness,
the self flows deep within the earth
awakening what once was asleep.

From the State of Emptiness,
I becomes the We,
Self becomes the Whole.

O Mani Padme Hum

Critical Acclaim: 

“haunting” ~ Winnipeg Free Press Review
Performances

SATB, suspended cymbal and frame drum

*Unity Church - Unitarian Adult Choir, Ruth Palmer, conductor (St. Paul) - World Premiere

*Camerata Nova, Mel Braun, conductor (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) - listen above

White Bear Unitarian Universalist Choir, Thaxter Cunio, conductor (Mahtomedi, MN)

Community Church Choir, Glenn Mehrbach, conductor (Chapel Hill, NC) 

Mahtomedi High School Concert Choir, Robert Pontious, conductor (Mahtomedi, MN)

Unitarian Universalist Musician's Network National Conference Reading Session (Portland)

Philomusica Choral, Gayle Wieand, conductor (Oreland, PA)

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