For Nadia (printed copy)
A somber song in honor of a poet from Afghanistan who died tragically.
Voicing: SATB a cappella choir
duration: 4 minutes
Commissioned for Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson. Performed by Conspirare, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson, May 2019.
“For Nadia” is one of the most poignant moments in Hagen’s evening-length work Songs for Muska. The story of Nadia Anjuman is a tragic one. She was a rising literary star in Afghanistan, and her life was taken too early from her. You can read more about her in Farzana Marie’s incredible book Load Poems Like Guns, which features this translation of Samaia Ramish’s tender poem.
View the perusal score here.
The sky died
for the wind that split open its chest
We all died for you
though fate’s sleight of hand snuck you from us
And you smiled from the sky
and for the moments we carry away from our memories
~ Somaia Ramish, translated by Farzana Marie, used with permission from Load Poems Like Guns, Holy Cow! Press, 2015