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Sleepless Eremite

  • The Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen Denmark (map)

Premiere performance by the Music Confucius Instituttet in tandem with Pulsar Festival. Scored for Chinese flutes, yangqin, pipa, cello and piano.

This work is set to 'Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art' by John Keats. Wordless, the rhythms and imagery is interlocked into the composition of music and form. 

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Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art—
   Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
   Like Nature’s patient sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
   Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask
   Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
   Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
   Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

Bright Star, John Keats


Earlier Event: March 12
We Are Only Breathing
Later Event: March 13