With folded wings they waiting sit

by Ramin Amir Arjomand

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This duo for violin and piano was composed for the CD "A Tribute to Fred Lerdahl", presented as a gift to Fred Lerdahl by the Columbia University Department of Music on the occasion of his retirement. "A Tribute to Fred Lerdahl" contains diverse miniatures by 16 of his former students.

Cyrus Beroukhim, violin
Ramin Amir Arjomand, piano

"Other flowering isles must be
In the sea of Life and Agony:
Other spirits float and flee
O'er that gulf: even now, perhaps,
On some rock the wild wave wraps,
With folded wings they waiting sit
For my bark, to pilot it
To some calm and blooming cove,
Where for me, and those I love,
May a windless bower be built,
Far from passion, pain and guilt,
In a dell mid lawny hills,
Which the wild sea-murmur fills,
And soft sunshine, and the sound
Of old forests echoing round,
And the light and smell divine
Of all flowers that breathe and shine:
We may live so happy there,
That the Spirits of the Air,
Envying us, may even entice
To our healing paradise
The polluting multitude;
But their rage would be subdu'd
By that clime divine and calm,
And the winds whose wings rain balm
On the uplifted soul, and leaves
Under which the bright sea heaves;
While each breathless interval
In their whisperings musical
The inspired soul supplies
With its own deep melodies,
And the love which heals all strife
Circling, like the breath of life,
All things in that sweet abode
With its own mild brotherhood:
They, not it, would change; and soon
Every sprite beneath the moon
Would repent its envy vain,
And the earth grow young again."

- Percy Bysshe Shelley, from "Lines Written among the Euganean Hills"

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released February 8, 2020
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Ramin Amir Arjomand Brooklyn, New York

Ramin Amir Arjomand is a composer, pianist, improviser, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York.

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