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Scheduled for premiere February 2018 at Scripps College and May 2018 at the Salzburg Mozarteum: Rising Canadian composer Emilie Lebel sets female voices from the Therīgāthā in Pali, and the Golden Light Sūtra in early Chinese from the Dunhuang scroll owned by Scripps College, the women’s liberal arts college within the Claremont Consortium. For voice(s), guitar/harp, and electronics.  The Dunhuang scroll held by Scripps’s Denison Library is the seventh scroll of the Sūtra on the Supreme King of Golden Light, more commonly known as the Golden Light Sūtra. There were three translations of this text from Sanskrit to Chinese, with this edition completed in the seventh century by the Tang Dynasty monk Yijing (義淨). The Therīgāthā is the earliest collection of women’s literature known in the world, and it collects spiritual poems by and about early female disciples of the historical Buddha (from approximately 5th century BCE).

Detail from a 9th-century painting on silk found at Dunhuang, of a woman, likely in the process of being led by Avalokiteshvara after death.

Detail from a 9th-century painting on silk found at Dunhuang, of a woman, likely in the process of being led by Avalokiteshvara after death.