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New musical setting of Rubaiyat quatrains from Double Dutch Discords

June 24, 2015

doubledutchCDWe have received news of a new musical setting of verses from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. This is the work of Afsoon Elmy and Alan Boorman of Double Dutch Discords. Afsoon writes as follows.

‘The cd has been a labour of love for both Alan and myself, who are songwriters.  Khayyam has been an influence throughout my life, and I’ve always felt duty bound to introduce him to people who were unfamiliar with his work, so setting his words to contemporary music seemed the logical step.  We hope that our endeavour will broaden Khayyam’s appeal, in particular with regard to the younger generation.’

The verses are sung in English in FitzGerald’s translation. The full cd (of 11 tracks) can be purchased from Amazon.com, price US$9.99 plus p&p from the USA. The link is:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=double+dutch+discords

Currently there is only one track (Potter’s Shop) as a single release which can be downloaded via iTunes, Google, Amazon and others using the following links

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/potters-shop/id992480406?i=992480412&at=&ct=&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Double_Dutch_Discords_Potter_s_Shop?id=Bnvf5x3gnezp4iwqu4gvychypym

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Shop/dp/B00X9FP7LU/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1431012568&sr=1-1&keywords=Potter%27s+Shop+Double+Dutch+Discords

More details and extracts are available on the website http://www.doubledutchdiscords.com under ‘Khayyam’.

Our congratulations to Afsoon and Alan on their initiative. We are looking forward to listening to the disk when it arrives from the USA.

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