Date of this Version
For Flute, Clarinet in B-flat, Violin, Cello, and Soprano.
Duration: c. 4:00
Text by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).
Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta 1861 and died there 1941. He published poetry in Bengali and English and was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for creating a synthesis of East and West. An all-around genius, Tagore was a composer of over 3000 songs as well as a distinguished painter. The Eternal Cycle, like much of his work, is suffused with spiritual ideas. The music incorporates some elements of classical Indian music, such as a drone, which sounds continuously through the first and third sections and the Lydian mode, suggestive of an Indian Raga.