Episode #3017

Rumi Songs

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Experience musical settings of texts by the great Persian poet and mystic Jalalladin Rumi on this, his death date. From the order of dervishes he founded – the Mevlevi Dervishes – to a modern setting by Philip Glass and a Rumi-inspired song by Rickie Lee Jones, we’ll hear a broad range of responses to Rumi’s poetry. Listen to music from trumpeter Jon Hassell’s Rumi-inspired "Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street," along with something from Iranian-born singer Sussan Deyhim. Plus, there’s music from the Prana Trio, composer Douglas Cuomo, and the choir Chanticleer.

PROGRAM # 3017 Rumi Songs (First aired on Thurs. 12/17/09)






Songs of the Enchanted

Zar Baram, excerpt [2:00]

X Dot 25 Productions PM2003-2

Jon Hassell

Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street

Last night the moon came [11:15]

ECM 2077

Sussan Deyhim

Madman of God

The Candle And The Moth [5:09]

Crammed craw 22

Prana Trio

The Singing Image of Fire

Out Beyond Ideas [2:09]

Circavision Productions

Rickie Lee Jones

Balm in Gilead

His Jeweled Floor [6:32]

Fantasy FAN-31760


And on Earth, Peace

Kamran Ince: (Gloria) Everywhere [12:45]

Warner Classics**
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Philip Glass

Symphony No.5 'Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya’

Symphony No. 5: V. Love and Joy [8:23]

Nonesuch 79618

Christopher Theofanidis

Music Of Del Tredici, Theofanidis, And Bernstein

The Here and Now, excerpt (Rumi) [4:21]

Telarc 80638

From the Vaults: The Spirit of Rumi, a two-part series

We'll listen to texts by the great 13th century poet and mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi, poetry that is nearly music, as incorporated into ritual music of the Mawlawiyah order of the Whirling Dervishes and music inspired by Rumi, in the music of Polish singer and multi-instrumentalist Mieczyslaw Litwinksi.


Comments [1]

Phoebe from NJ

I had a musician friend who went through a "Rumi phase" -- he didn't produce anything as impressive as what you've been playing. There is a serious (respectful) vibe that is really noticeable throughout the selections you are playing -- makes me want to read more about Rumi. Maybe I'm due for my phase. But it also makes me wonder if the artists went into the project saying, "I'm going to make my serious Rumi piece."

And PS - can't I quit my day job and be the world's oldest WNYC intern? Thanks so much for the great programming - love your shows!

Dec. 17 2009 11:55 PM

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