Three songs for Hindustani vocalist, soprano and sinfonietta
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This musical work by Tara (Akshaya) Avril Tucker was premiered on March 21, 2018 by Saili Oak, Suzanne Lis and the prismatx ensemble. The three songs each explore a different melody from Hindustani Khyal singing, interpreting them in the context of Western orchestration, harmony and form. The first song, Saiyan, is a fantasy on Shobha Gurtu's thumri “Saiyan nikas gaye,” and uses Raag Mishra Bhairavi and Raag Pratiksha. The text by Kamaali (c.15th Century) describes the plight of the body as its lover, the soul, departs. The second song, Geliebte Sakhi - Beloved Friend, winds around a Heinrich Heine text and a slow khyal composition by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande in Raag Bageshree, creating a meditative love song. The final song, Tarana - Dance, is based on abstract syllables (like “ta na na” and “de re na”), and includes snippets of two Tarana compositions by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande in Raag Bhimpalas and Raag Desh. The soprano and Hindustani vocalist explore fast runs as well as lyrical lines.