LINDA BUCKLEY turn programme note

Linda Buckley turn, 2nd movement (Irish premiere) [6']

Programme noted

turn was partly inspired by the poetry of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi, the term 'turn' signifying many things - the 'turn', the moving meditation done by the 'whirling' dervishes (which originated with Rumi), the earth turning on its axis, musical tunes and 'turns' particularly associated with Irish traditional music.

Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks):

Inside water, a waterwheel turns,
A star circulates with the moon.
We live in the night ocean wondering,
What are these lights?
A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.
Walk to the well.
Turn as the earth and the moon turn,
circling what they love.
Whatever circles comes from the centre.
Some nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.
Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're perfectly free.

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