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Child of Heaven

First line:
Shedding her light on human habitations this
author of text
translated from the Rig Veda

Commissioned by Ex Cathedra for its ‘Summer Music by Candlelight’ concerts in 2018, Child of Heaven finds Panufnik revisiting the enticing world of Indian music. It forms part of the choir’s ongoing ‘Dawn Choruses’ series from various composers. The words are drawn from the ‘Hymns to Dawn’ in the Rig Veda (a collection of Indian Vedic Hymns, translated by Ralph T H Griffith [1826-1906]). 'The melodies emerge from overlapping Indian modes, sung by one half of the choir. The first of these is the mysterious Bhairavi mode, depicting barely half-light as hints of dawn emerge from the darkness,' says Panufnik. 'As light establishes we go onto the more ‘happy’ Kãfi mode …' The start of day is represented by the Purvi mode: 'mysterious but joyful,' as Panufnik says.

from notes by Jessica Duchen © 2018


Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD543Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on SIGCD543 [3'13] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD543 track 11

Recording date
20 January 2018
Recording venue
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & James Waterhouse
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  1. Panufnik (R): Celestial bird & other choral works (SIGCD543)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2018
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