Duration: Approx. 21 minutes
Dedicated to Marcel Beekman.

Kumi, ori means “Arise, give light” and is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, verse 60:1.


2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Bassoons

4 French Horns in F
2 Trumpets

Pair of Cymbals
Bass Drum



String Orchestra

Score in C


First performance was on September 13, 2003 in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, performed by Marcel Beekman and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yakov Kreizberg.

Text Sources

The Lamentations of Jeremiah

3: 1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not unto light.
3 Surely against me he hath turned; he turneth his hand against me all
the day.

14: I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat goodness.
20 My soul hath them still in rembrance, and is humbled in me.

4: 1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the
stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they
esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

60: 1 Arise, give light; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
3 And all the peoples shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
5 Then thou shall see, and flow together, and thine heart shall be awed and enlarged;