The Black Dragon
Thursday, December 14, 2000
A dialogue between a Dragon and a man, inspired by my reading of Science Fantasy novels. Commissioned for 2000 to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon it is dedicated to three members of London Concord Singers, all three of whom were born in a Year of the Dragon. Generally the Dragon is sung by the Tenors and Altos accompanied by wordless glissandi in the Basses and Sopranos. The Man is sung by the Sopranos and Basses. This strict division breaks d0own in some of the longer speeches which are set for the whole choir - "Thou the blackest and greatest of the Dragons"