Soprano, Violin, and Piano
(Aug.23-Oct. 27 '07)
about 16 minutes
Premiere performance by Penelope
Eric Pritchard, violin; Randall Love, piano
Feb. 10 2010 (Memorial Concert for Akanda)
Full Score (PDF) Cover Oboe and Violin parts
I. A Sufi Song, text
by Rumi (see Spirituality page, and below)
II. Who Am I? text
by B.R. (see Spirituality page, and below)
Adagio ramana maharshi [5:41]
III. Hare Krishna Mahamantra
have long wanted to set Rumi and here’s my chance
in A Sufi Song, from an excerpt
changed around for my peculiar
I wrote Who
Am I in three minutes at a gas station in West Virginia
after listening to cassettes
of Ram Dass talking about Ramana Maharshi.
Hare Krishna Mahamantra started
in 2002 for six string electric violin and voices
in unison (vocal line
entirely repetitive); then came a piano and voice
version that was too hard for
the piano and too simple to sing! Now I have the
balance just right, at least I
This is one of a series of works
dedicated to Ananda-Eric Pritchard.
Lyrics to A Sufi Song
If the Beautiful One is not
what is that Light
beneath your cloak?
From a distance you tremble
Can't you see the mighty
flame in his eyes
has seared away every
So why do you linger behind the
afraid of what
you cannot see?
Open your eyes! The Beloved
staring you right in the
If no guru has placed
his Light within
what bliss can
you find in this world?
by B.R. from an excerpt of "Can't You See the Mighty
406, in "A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry
translated by Jonathan Star, Bantam 1992)
I am not the thought.
The thought that I am not the thought
is the thought that I am not.
I am not the mind.
The mind that thinks the thought that I am
is the mind that I am not.
I am not the breath.
The breath that feeds the mind that thinks
thought that I am not
is the breath that I am not.
I am not the song.
song that sings with breath that feeds
that thinks the thought that I am not the
is the song that I am not.
Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
taught violin and served as the First
Violinist of the Ciompi Quartet at Duke
Formerly First Violinist of the Alexander
and Oxford Quartets, Mr. Pritchard
has taught at Miami
Francisco State University,
City University of New York, and the NC
School of the Arts. He was winner of
the National Federation of Music Clubs
Award in Violin as well as the first
prize winer at the London International
String Quartet Competition and the
Coleman and Fischoff national chamber
music competitions. He has performed
widely as a recitalist and as soloist with
the Boston Pops and orchestras in Europe
and South America.
His major teachers were
Eric Rosenblith, Josef Gingold, Ivan
Galamian and Isadore Tinkleman and he
holds degrees from Indiana
and the Juilliard
Randall Love, pianist,
native of Colorado,
teaches piano and fortepiano at Duke. He has
performed at the Piccolo Spoleto
Festival in Charleston, SC,
the Boston Early Music Festival, and the
Schubert Club in St.
has collaborated with Eric Pritchard on a CD
released in 2010 of Robinson’s
music, recorded in October 2009 at Duke.
Penelope Jensen, soprano, is a native
of Colorado and teaches
at Duke and at the Oberlin
Baroque Performance Institute. She has performed with
Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,
Cleveland Orchestra, San
Francisco and Pittsburgh
symphonies and was selected by Robert Shaw as soloist
with the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus for the 250th
anniversary performance of Messiah.
She has sung with Ars Musica, the Bach Ensemble and
the Smithsonian Chamber
Players and received the Franz Schubert Prize for
excellence in the singing of
German art songs by the Franz Schubert-Institut in Austria.
She performed many times with Bill Robinson’s uncle
David Vanderkooi, cellist.