|Omar Khayyam was a Persion mathematician, astronomer, and poet who lived in the 11th Century.
This poetry, written in the form of quatrains (ruba'iyat) was a form common in Persia at the time.
Khayyam was an agnostic or possibly and atheist and he did not believe in any life hereafter and
therefore one must make the most of today.
This music imitates some middle eastern melismatic singing styles.
The five songs:
1. If I'm drunk on forbidden wine, so I am ... I am who I am
2. Wake Up my darling, it is dawn
3. I Shall Stop trying to please everyone
4. My Rule of life is to drink and be merry
5. This is the season for wine, roses, and friends
Five Songs from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for soprano or tenor and piano
Five Songs from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for alto or baritone and piano