Mi amado (My Beloved)

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SSAA a cappella 

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Details

3:00
2008

The Princeton Singers, 2008
Steven Sametz, director

The Princeton Singers, 2008
Steven Sametz, director

ECS No. 7351, (SSAA unaccompanied)

Program Notes

Mi amado (My Beloved) is the second of Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross.

Mi amado, is a response to Luz y amor. The solitary stillness of prayer, that “silent music,” leads to “the supper that refreshes and deepens love.” Much of the language of St. John is sensuous, but in Mi Amado St, John is pointing towards the spiritual love that nature reveals.

The Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross may be performed separately or as a set.

Text / translation

Mi Amado (My Beloved)

Mi Amado, las montañas,
los valles solitarios nemorosos,
las ínsulas extrañas,
los ríos sonorosos,
el silbo de los aires amorosos,
la noche sosegada
en par de los levantes de la aurora,
la música callada,
la soledad sonora,
la cena que recrea y enamora.

Translation

Mi Amado (My Beloved)

My Beloved, the mountains,
and lonely wooded valleys,
strange islands,
and resounding rivers,
the whistling of love-stirring breezes,
the tranquil night
at the time of the rising dawn,
silent music,
sounding solitude,
the supper that refreshes, and deepens love.