Ice Age

Ice Age (1986) van Barbara Pentland (Canada, 1912 – 2009) voor zangstem en piano. Het gedicht Ice Age van Dorothy Livesay (ook librettist van Pentlands opera The Lake en zangcyclus Disasters of the Sun) past perfect bij de muziek. De directe beweringen komen hard aan en zijn toch vol kleurrijke verbeelding; een beschrijving die ook geldt voor Barbara Pentlands muzikale taal.

In this coming cold
devouring our wheat fields and Russia’s
there’ll be no shadow nor sigh of shadow,
all cloud shroud, endless rain, eternal snow

In this coming cold which we have fashioned
out of our vain jet pride
the supersonic planes will shriek
destruction upon the benign yin yang
ancient and balanced universe.

Worse than an animal,
man tortures his prey
given sun’s energy and fire’s blaze
he has ripped away leaf, bird, flower
is moving to destroy the still centre
heart’s power.

Now who among us will lift a finger to declare
I am God good?
Who among us dares to be righteous?

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