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John Harbison

Publisher: AMP

Mirabai Songs (1982)
Text Writer
Mirabai, tran. by Robert Bly
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
18 Minutes
Soprano [=Mezzo soprano]
Alternate Orchestration
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Programme Note
John Harbison Mirabai Songs (1982)
Composer Note:

Mirabai's ecstatic religious poetry was written in 16th-century India. When she was 27, her husband was killed in a war. Mirabai refused to die on her husband's funeral pyre, as was the custom. Instead, she left her family compound, wrote her poems to Krishna, the Dark One, and sang and danced them in the streets.

-- John Harbison


  • Ensemble
    Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Dawn Upshaw (Soprano)
    David Zinman
  • Soloist(s)
    Gilbert Kalish (Piano), Dawn Upshaw (Soprano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Georgine Resick, soprano; Warren Jones, piano
    Bridge Records:
  • Ensemble
    Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    Janna Baty (Mezzo Soprano)
    Gil Rose
  • 30 OCT 2018
    Jordan Hall, Boston, MA
    NEC Contemporary Ensemble
    Thomas Kociela, conductor
  • 21 JUL 2018
    Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO
    Aspen Contemporary Ensemble
    Timothy Weiss, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2018
    Slee Hall, Buffalo, NY
    Slee Sinfonietta
  • 27 OCT 2017
    Mary Pappert School of Music, PNC Recital Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
    Duquesne University
    Luke Campayno, conductor
  • 04 DEC 2016
    Winter Heat New Music Festival
    Coral Gables, FL
    Ensemble Ibis
    Shawn Crouch, conductor
  • 26 APR 2016
    Bexley, OH
    Capital University
    Elise des Champs; William Boggs, conductor
  • 24 APR 2016
    Bethesda, MD
    Inscape, Inc.
    Monica Soto-Gil; Richard Scerbo, conductor
  • 19 FEB 2016
    Charleston, SC
    Magnetic South
    Deanna McBroom; Ken Lam, conductor
  • 21 FEB 2014
    Miami Beach, FL
    New World Symphony
    Joshua Gersern, conductor
  • 03 AUG 2013
    Aspen, CO
    Aspen Festival
    TBA; Sydney Hodkinson, conductor
  • 09 MAR 2013
    Eugene, OR
    Oregon Mozart Players
    Deborah Nansteel; Kelly Kuo, conductor
  • 22 FEB 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    SONAR New Music Ensemble
    Lindsay Kesselman; Blair Skinner, conductor
  • 28 NOV 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Belmont University New Music Ensemble
    Mark Volker, conductor
  • 28 SEP 2012
    Somerville, MA
    Boston Musica Viva
    Krista River; Richard Pittman, conductor
  • 10 APR 2012
    New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
  • 16 MAR 2012
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Louisiana State University
    Jennifer Crippen; Michael Borowitz, conductor
  • 02 MAR 2012
    Oberlin, OH
    Oberlin College
    Timothy Weiss, conductor
  • 15 FEB 2011
    Cambridge, MA
    Longy School of Music
    Paul Brust, conductor
  • 11 FEB 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan School of Music
    Christopher Lees, conductor
  • 11 SEP 2010
    Mirabai Songs, for Sop. and Chamber Ensemble
    Bloomington, IN
    Indiana University
    Sharon Harms; Elliot Bark, conductor
  • 28 MAY 2010
    Evanston, IL
    Northwestern University
    Mara Winston
  • 23 JAN 2010
    Wolfville, NS, Canada
    Acadia University
  • 17 NOV 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Contemporary Music Ensemble
    Donald Crockett, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    University of Southern California
    Donald Crockett, conductor
  • 07 MAR 2009
    Ridgecrest, CA
    Desert Community Orchestra
    Sheri Stark; Robert Martinez, conductor
  • 03 MAR 2009
    Arkadelphia, AR
    Henderson State University
    Stephen Eaves, conductor
  • 12 JAN 2008
    Merkin Hall, New York
    Deborah Lifton, soprano; Charis Dimaras, piano
  • 24 OCT 2006
    Columbus, GA
    Columbus State University Camerata
    Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor
  • 04 NOV 2005
    Stillwater, OK
    Oklahoma State University

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