Hekaayate Ney (Grievenaces of the Reed)
for saxophone ensemble

Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:07:46


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 12 x Saxophone

Premiere Information:
Based on poetry by Persian poet Rumi. In the song of the reed, Rumi reflects on the human spirit through the metaphor of the ancient reed flute or Ney that is popular in middle-eastern music. Farsi ( Persian): Beshno az ney chon hekaayat mikonad Az jodaayee ha shekaayat mikonad Kaz neyestaan ta maraa bebrideh and Dar nafiram mardo zan naalideh and Sineh khaaham sharheh sharheh az faraagh Ta begooyam sharheh dardeh eshtiyaagh English translation: O’ listen to the grievances of the reed Of what divisive separations breed From the reedbed cut away just like a weed My music people curse, warn and heed Sliced to pieces my bosom and heart bleed While I tell this tale of desire and need


  • Call Number:
  • AR3313
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 27, 2017
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, archival
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 streaming audio file ; (7:46)
    This is a streaming audio track, part of the CentreStreams project. CentreStreams is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada and CBC Radio 2.
    Ceci est une piste de son en continu, du projet Musiflots. Musiflots a été mis sur pied grâce au soutien du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, du Trust pour la préservation de l'audiovisuel et de CBC Radio 2.
  • Additional Information:
  • For 12 saxophones. Performers: University of Toronto Saxophone Ensemble; Wallace Halliday, conductor. World premiere 9 February 2017 in MacMillan Theatre. University of Toronto.
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