The Young Man and Death - A Dialogue
Choir: SATB + Wind Octet
2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns
Friday, April 17, 1998
Cantata for Choir and Wind Octet based on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, in the form of a dialogue between Death and a dying man as he gradually comes to a form of acceptance. Whilst assembling the libretto, I was greatly helped by a Doctor friend, who gave me a copy to Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s book ‘On Death and Dying’, a book which revolutionised the care of the terminally ill. In it, Elizabeth Kübler-Ross defines five stage, through which a terminally ill person must pass before coming to acceptance. I have used these five stages to define the structure of my cantata - "I am a friend and do not come to punish you, you will sleep sweetly in my arms".