Life’s but a Walking Shadow
TTBB chorus a cappella
WINNER of the Lloyd Carr-Harris Composition Competition 2017
Premiered February 25th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, by the Canadian Mens’ Chorus, Greg Rainville – Artistic Director.
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Life’s but a Walking Shadow – midi mockup
Live performance excerpt (0:00-1:34)
LIFE’S BUT A WALKING SHADOW’s text is drawn from the moment in Shakespeare’s MACBETH immediately following the titular character’s realization of his wife’s passing. The music attempts to highlight the despair in Macbeth’s words as he hopelessly tries to grasp the meaning of life. From sorrowful, aching passages finally emerges a dark nothingness into which the voices recede, illustrated by eerie humming.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
MACBETH (Act V, Scene 5)
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
— Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury