Thus Spoke Earth

for violin and piano and fixed media
Artwork: Peter Paul Rubens (1618); The Union of Earth and Water (detail).
Instrumentation: violin, piano, and fixed media
Completed in February 2022
Duration: 25'
Release Date: 5 June 2023
Location: Cambridge, UK New York, USA

Thus Spoke Earth (2022), for violin and piano and fixed media, is based on Ahmad Shamlou’s poem "pas āngāh zamin be soxan dar-āmad" [in Persian]. ‘Thus Spoke Earth’ is my translation of it, composed in a complex musical space — an amalgamation of Persian modal and prosodic elements. The recording of Shamlou's declamation of his own poem is utilized as an accompanying fixed media for the second part of the piece. 


Cambridge Music Faculty's Composers' Workshop, Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea.

MARCH 8, 2022, University of Cambridge,


Saman Samadi, Thus Spoke Earth, performed by Saman Samadi, violin & Kristin Barone- Samadi, piano  (Cambridge: Saman Samadi Collective, 2023).