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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Simple Songs (soprano and ensemble) (1991)
Text Writer
“The Enlightened Heart,” ed. Stephen Mitchell: Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179); Bible: Psalms; Rumi
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Soloists and Large Ensemble (7+ players)
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Simple Songs (soprano and ensemble) (1991)
Simple Songs is Kernis’ unassuming title for his settings of texts from the Book of Psalms, the 12th century abbess Hildegarde von Bingen, the Japanese Zen master Ryokan, and the renowned Sufi poet Rumi. These varied literary sources from cultures that embrace East and West share a common spirituality communicated with deep feeling and orchestral finesse.

Related works:
Simple Songs (soprano and chamber orchestra)
Simple Songs (soprano and ensemble)
Simple Songs (soprano and piano)

  • Soloist(s)
    Susan Narucki, soprano; Donald Berman, piano;
    Aaron Jay Kernis
    Koch International Classics:
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