Nada Te Turbe


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Teresa de Ávila, a Carmelite nun and Christian mystic, lived in 16th century Spain and is well known for her writings on mental prayer. This contemplative, spiritual experience occurs in four stages and thus my musical setting holds four as an important and influential number. I wondered what Teresa’s beautiful words would have sounded like set to music during her lifetime and in turn, what that music would sound like expressed in a contemporary musical language such as my own. As a response, I have used canonic and imitative counterpoint to harken the style of 16th century composers such as Tómas Luis de Victoria and reverberant textures to mimic the environment of a large, stone cathedral.





Seraphic Fire. Patrick Quigley, conductor.



Nada Te Turbe
by Santa Teresa de Ávila

Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
la pacïencia
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.

English Translation:

Let nothing disturb you;
let nothing frighten you;
everything passes;
God never changes,
obtains all things.
Whoever has God,
lacks nothing.


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