for orchestra
Year: 1997
Duration: 8'
First Performance: 23 April 1997 Carnegie Music Hall; Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic; Juan Pablo Izquierdo, conductor
picc+3(III=afl).3(III=cor A).3(III=bcl).2 - - timp - perc (3): xyl/BD;
tam-t/SD/lg susp.cym/mtl.wind chimes; vib/tam-t - harp - piano - strings

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sam-sa-ra (sem-sär’e) noun

Hinduism & Buddhism.

The eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death, and rebirth.

[Sanskrit samsârah, course of life, samsara : sam, together + sarati, it flows.]

Although I have found many, slightly different meanings for the word samsara,
all definitions seem to carry a negative connotation, as the word always seems to
imply a state of despair. It is created when the posing of questions leads to nothing
but more questions that begin a vicious cycle of confusion that is ultimately never
resolvable. In this sense, samsara is the polar opposite of its counterpart word, nirvana.




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