SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

The Songs of Songs – A Musical Triptych with Texts by King Solomon, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī and St. John of the Cross

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Date: 10 November 2017Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 10 November 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

This is a triptych with voices, songs and music based on: The Song of Songs attributed to King Solomon in the Bible (Old Testament), The Spiritual Canticles of St. John of the Cross ( 1542-1591) and The Odes on Mystical Love by the Persian poet Rūmī (1207-1273). It presents three “dialogues” from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim (Sufi) traditions. Their common subject matter - love as a universal language, the pains of exile and separation, the quest for the Holy Beloved and the hoped for elation of a final union -  reaches far beyond religious and cultural divides. Together with the original music score composed by Renaud Garcia-Fons which combines sounds from the East and the West, the voices of the narrators, Leili Anvar (The female Beloved) and Frédéric Ferney (The male Beloved), intertwine with that of Solea Garcia-Fons (The Choir) who sings the poems in the original languages: Hebrew, Castilian and Persian.

The event is organised to coincide with the international conference Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe which is scheduled at the British Academy on 9 and 10 November and at SOAS on 11 November 2017.


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