Moon Drowned for soprano, tenor and piano, opus 102c (2017)
The Moon Drowned is a setting for soprano, tenor and piano of a text by the Melbourne writer, Katherine Firth. The piece is drawn from a larger work (Southern Cantata for soloists, chorus, baroque ensemble, 2017) which has a duet for soprano and tenor which I have reduced to piano accompaniment here. For me, the text expresses deep concern at the plight in recent years of so many child refugees whose lives have ended at sea.
© Andrew Schultz, 2017.
The moon drowned in the ocean,
A silver coin.
Is water safer than land?
The towering waters fall, the dinghy floods,
We swallow salt, we swallow blood.
A star arises in the morning,
A deep grey sky, and pre-dawn calm.
The wind calls. A child’s voice.
The waves on the wet sand found him
After the storm.
Text: Katherine Firth, Southern Cantata, 2017.
Click here to watch The Moon Drowned in a version with viola replacing tenor voice and called Elegy in a performance by Jéssika Arévalo, James Munro and Argentina Duran, performing in Mexico City, on Facebook Watch: