Den amerikanske komponisten William Schuman (1910-1992) skrev dette korverket til tekster fra Walt Whitmans (1819-1892) Leaves of Grass (1855).

Opptaket er fra Interlochen Academy Choir Festival 2011

The Last Invocation

At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful, fortress’d house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks —
from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.

Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks — with a whisper,
Set ope the doors, O Soul!

Tenderly! be not impatient!
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
Strong is your hold, O Love.)

The Unknown Region

Darest thou now O Soul,
Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,
Where neither ground is for the feet
nor any path to follow?

No map there, nor guide,
Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,
Nor face with blooming flesh,
nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.

I know it not O Soul;
Nor dost thou — all is a blank before us;
All waits, undream’d of, in that region,
[that inaccessible land]

To All, To Each

Come lovely and soothing death,
Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later, delicate death.


Ét svar til “William Schuman – Carols of Death (1958)”

  1. Therion siger:

    Den som er notekyndig og har noe kjennskap til musikkteori, vil sikkert ha interesse av å se nærmere på Schumans mildt sagt u-ortodokse – men betagende harmoniseringer, spesielt på “tenderly”