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Janet Beat As if a dream (2016) 3'
SATB

All Contributors: Janet Beat (composer)
First Line: As if a dream
Notes: Piano part included for rehearsal only

Programme Note:

As if a dream,



Silver threads of sound echo round and round my intuition.



Now my spirit soars to the harmonies of the whirling sphere.



Then I enter the still centre of the universe,



Where, in the Garden of Nothingness,



I hear the sighing of the sun,



Feel the breath of the Creator.



Here, where there is no beginning and no ending,



In the radiance of the void,



I am rebord to celebrate life.







(Text by the composer)







The text takes its cues from the Diamond Sutra, "All life is an illusion, as if a dream..."



In addition allusions are made to Kepler's "Harmony of the Spheres", Zen Buddhism, astro-physics, Christianity and Hinduism.