Bati l’Gani (I Have Come Into My Garden)
Composer: Meira Warshauer
Publisher: Hildegard Publishing Company
for Solo Flute with optional improvised percussion (Commissioned for Paula Robison)
Written for and recorded by renowned flutist, Paula Robison, Bati l’gani was inspired by a verse from Song of Songs and takes its title from that text (“I have come into my garden”). The piece may be performed as written, for flute alone, or with improvised percussion.
This work offers glimpses of intimacy between lovers, between Creator and Creation, the delight of recognition: Divine goodness flowing into the world. Here, Shechinah, God’s in-dwelling feminine Presense, communes with Creator in the earthly garden of Creation.
It is inspired by Song of Songs, Ch. 5, vs. 1
I have come into my garden,
My sister bride.
I have gathered my myrrh with my spices,
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey,
I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Drink and be drunk, beloved ones.