Kabir says...

Art song for Voice & Piano/ Voice & Harp

by Rosemary Duxbury

A setting of a poem by Kabir, translated by Bob Hays

Rosemary’s music spoke to me absolutely immediately and I love her harmonic language, confident use of space and time and the wonderful partnership of harp and voice!
Eleanor Turner, Head of Harp, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

other versions:

For unaccompanied choir.

After being introduced to each other in Minneapolis, writer Bob Hays, sent Rosemary Duxbury his poetic translations of the 15th century Indian mystic Kabir. Bob’s version focuses on an inner experience Kabir was describing. It makes the point that the divine is to be found within the seeker’s own body and mind, revealed as light, sound a wave of bliss, a knowing or more expanded consciousness.

Kabir extemporised poetry in the market place and often included the words Kabir says as his ‘signature’, so Rosemary has chosen this as the title for her song.

The song received its World Premiere on 25th February 2016, at St Sepulchre’s Church, Hoborn, London, given by world class soprano Katerina Mina and pianist Andrea Benecke, in a concert entitled "A Celebration of Music by Female Composers”.

The German Premiere was presented on Friday 26th February 2016 at the Steinway-haus, Munich.

It was presented as part of a concert called “A Celebration of Music by Female Composers” presenting the work of six female composers of the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, The programme included song cycles by German composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn , Viennese-born socialite Alma Mahler and Italian contemporary composer Carlotta Ferrari. German pianist and composer Andrea Benecke also performed her own piano pieces during the concert.

Katerina Mina is making a name for herself as one of the finest sopranos of her generation. The Greek-Cypriot soprano performs extensively as a soloist in England, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, the Middle East and Far East. She also collaborates with the legendary Rock Star Rick Wakeman, being a special guest in his symphonic concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Orion Symphony Orchestra. Please visit KaterinaMina, Andrea Benecke, and Carlotta Ferrari

“Kabir says...” has also been recorded by
German mezzo-soprano Bhawani Moennsad and pianist Symeon Ioannidis the
Berlin State Opera house rooms.

on Marvin Rosen’s American Radio Show:  Classical Discoveries: Viva 21st Century Music on www.wprb.com radio. January 13th  2021 7 - 10 am EST

For more information please email music@rosemaryduxbury.com

Latest Performance:
World premiere of the version for soprano and harp was given in a ‘concert window’ during the Covid Pandemic by

Caroline Trutz (soprano) and Eleanor Turner (harp)
on Wednesday, September 9 2020, at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Uppingham, England. The programme, ‘Music & Solace’, included ‘Song of the Angel’ by Taverner, and music by Hildegard von Bingen, Ayana Whitter-Johnson and Trutz.

Blog: ‘Kabir says... A message for our time’