Two Songs on texts by Ibn al-Arabi (2007) – Robert Fokkens
The evidence of rationality led me to disavow certain things,
And you will see me, when the choice is given to me, detesting life.
Between rationality and fact I am an oppressor oppressed,
And when I am released from the prison of thought, I shall stand in the eternal.
I have no wine except griefs mixed in a glass with pouring tears.
These two short meditations on texts by Ibn al-Arabi – translated by Federico Corriente and Ed Emery - were written for Rosie Coad (soprano) and Carla Rees (bass flute) of rarescale, and premiered by them in June 2007.
Approximate Duration: 6'00