Jeroen van Veen
for 5 voices: S/S/A/T/B
Metta Sutra The Buddha's Words on Kindness
This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!
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Words on Kindness, written by Jeroen van Veen for Septimus 2004.
Live recording during the premiere at Lek Art Festival
Annelie Brinkhof, soprano
Elisa Roep, soprano (mezzo)
Cecile Roovers, alt
Ruud van Iterson, tenor
Bas Kuijlenburg, bas
Fred Oldenburg & Jeroen van Veen, pianoduo
This work was premiered in Lek Art, 2004 The Netherlands.