To the Fire

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For 6 male voices or AATBBB choir a cappella | 13′

Title: To the Fire
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Text by: Ezekiel 24:3-13
Year Composed: 1994 rev. 2018
Instrumentation: For 6 male voices or AATBBB choir a cappella
Duration: 13′
Format: Full Score
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0170

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From the composer:

To the Fire should be approached both musically and dramatically. The voices take on various characters throughout the piece. These should be portrayed in a vigorous but emphatically not melodramatic style, and performers should make use of whatever convincing histrionic talent they possess. For example, the laughing chorus, beginning in bar 59, is a raucous, celebratory ritual in which the six voices represent an entire population in carnal and destructive revelry. In bar 139, the second voice takes on the character of an objecting member, striving against the noisome momentum of the others, while they in turn sometimes support, sometimes subvert his/her efforts, maintaining their identity as the larger community.

Although the biblical passage refers to the destruction of Jerusalem, no such specific reference is intended in this piece. The objecting member should not be interpreted as speaking in the voice of G-d against sinners. Rather they may be seen as an individual, desperate to change the reality of which they are a part.


Recording: This work is recorded on the Grammy-nominated PENTATONE Oxingale Series’ album, LUNA PEARL WOOLF: Fire and Flood. Click here for the smart URL with all listening options.

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