Music for Women's Voices
by Mitchell Covington
Qasida of Breath
SSAA div. a cappella
The Qasida is an ancient Araibic form of poetry, similar to an ode. Palestinian-American poet, Deema Shehabi was born in Kuwait in 1970. Her mother was from Gaza and her father from Jerusalem. The text of Qasida of Breath evokes her memories of a beautiful land contrasted with the current reality of a world broken by war.
Dans les ombres de la nuit
SSAA a cappella
Text: Ancient French Noel
In the shadows of the night and without noise,
All brilliant Jesus shines
Born only by the desire to give us back life.
He comes down from the firmament with joy
Living here below poorly
It is to deliver human nature from
Angels come down from heaven to these places,
For the child so precious. Sing out the news
Who has not, and will not have, his equal.