Thursday, March 01, 2012

Songs For Lent

Inspired by the T.S. Elliot poem of the same name, this is The Hollow Men, written for trumpet and string orchestra by Vincent Persichetti.

The poem says, in part:

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
 
And, of course, it ends with that most famous of lines:
 
This is the way the world ends
this is the way the world ends
this is the way the world ends
not with a bang but a whimper.
 
 

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