Karin Rehnqvist composed this piece for soloists and choir – Songs From The North – for the chamber chorus Sacred and Profane in Berkeley, USA (started in 1977).

The lyrics are Inuit poems, and are sung both in English and Swedish:

Do not wait for the dawn – Vänta aldrig på gryningen
But when I heard of people murdered, fleeing
We understand so little of the majesty around us
The day rises – Dagen reser sig

Karin says: Without words. In unison. This piece starts so. A slowly spun melody develops into harmony. Gradually the words become:
The time is now. If you yearn, do not wait for the dawn.

More about Songs From The North

(from the first performance at St Mark’s Episcopal, Berkeley, May 11th, 2018) Conductor: Rebecca Seeman

Programme note and texts ›
Score sample ›


Sacred an Profane, web site ›



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