SATB and Oboe
The human experience doesn’t change much depending on where you live, what language you speak or what historical period your life unfolded in. People suffered from the experience of having their heart profoundly broken just as much now as when Ghalib first wrote these texts almost 150 years ago. Luckily, we all wish to be healed at some point and, ultimately, have the ability and opportunity to do so of our own accord every time we are faced with adversity of any kind; it’s simply a matter of calling on it. The end of the piece (which is actually the first stanza of the final poem) is meant to be this invocation.
Naalah (Cry of Grief) was commissioned by the Flower Mound High School Jaguar Chorale (Dr. Mark Rohwer, conductor) and is dedicated with gratitude to James Griesheimer, Dagan Hanson, Brian Lenz and Moid Alwy for their extensive help in all things oboe, IPA and Urdu. Any musical idea or phrase in this piece is deeply indebted to their tutelage and I could not have written it without their collective expertise and guidance.