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Janet Beat As if a dream (2016) 3'
First Line: As if a dream
Notes: Piano part included for rehearsal only
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.