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Kinsman to Danger

Song-Cycle of Poems by Sri Aurobindo

YEAR: 2017

ORCHESTRATION: Baritone and Piano

DURATION: 18'

LANGUAGE: English

WORDS BY: Sri Aurobindo

COMMISSIONED BY: TBA

AVAILABILITY: Param Vir

PREMIERE DATE: May 29, 2018

INTRODUCTION:

New work in preparation for Jeremy Huw Williams.

The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo.  He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in more than sixty operatic roles.  He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and most European countries.

He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and at many major music festivals.  He frequently records for BBC Radio 3 (in recital, and with the BBC NOW, CBSO, BBC SO, BBC SSO, BBC Philharmonic and BBC CO), and has made many commercial recordings, including ten solo discs of songs.

As a principal singer with Welsh National Opera he appeared at the opening night of the Wales Millennium Centre, and received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild.

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.

PRS Foundation
Param Vir is supported by PRS Foundation.

  • Kinsman to Danger – American Premiere

    October 27, 2018

    Premiere of new song cycle based on texts by Sri Aurobindo.

  • Kinsman to Danger – German Premiere

    July 1, 2018

    Premiere of new song cycle based on texts by Sri Aurobindo.

  • Kinsman to Danger – Welsh Premiere

    May 29, 2018

    Premiere of new song cycle based on texts by Sri Aurobindo, written for the Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams.

  • Sri Aurobindo

    Poems

    INVITATION

    With wind and the weather beating round me
    Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
    Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
    Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

    Not in the petty circle of cities
    Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
    Over me God is blue in the welkin,
    Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

    I sport with solitude here in my regions,
    Of misadventure have made me a friend.
    Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
    Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

    I am the lord of tempest and mountain,
    I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
    Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
    Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.

     

    THE SEA AT NIGHT

    The grey sea creeps half-visible, half-hushed,
    And grasps with its innumerable hands
    These silent walls. I see beyond a rough
    Glimmering infinity, I feel the wash
    And hear the sibilation of the waves
    That whisper to each other as they push
    To shoreward side by side, — long lines and dim
    Of movement flecked with quivering spots of foam,
    The quiet welter of a shifting world.

     

    LIGHT

    Light, endless Light! Darkness has room no more,
    Life’s ignorant gulfs give up their secrecy:
    The huge inconscient depths unplumbed before
    Lie glimmering in vast expectancy.

    Light, timeless Light immutable and apart!
    The holy sealed mysterious doors unclose,
    Light, burning Light from the Infinite’s diamond heart
    Quivers in my heart where blooms the deathless rose.

    Light in its rapture leaping through the nerves!
    Light! Brooding Light! Each smitten passionate cell
    In a mute blaze of ecstasy preserves
    A living sense of the Imperishable.

    I move in an ocean of stupendous Light
    Joining my depths to His eternal height.

    [From Sri Aurobindo: Collected Poems]

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