Surely there is no greater transition for human beings than death. No wonder, it gave rise to so much beautiful and remarkable music. Herbert Howells wrote his moving yet hopeful Requiem in response to the loss of young life in World War I. David Lang's soothing Death Speaks cycle is a reinterpretation of five lyrics from Schubert's oeuvre. Composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo then took on an old Norwegian poem, which resulted in a piece called Dreamweaver. It is the intense account of the heroic, beautiful, frightening and ultimately purging journey through an afterlife. Coming home and finding peace, as in Stephen Paulus' The Road Home, must be a universal desire. Transformed by the beauty of music, will death become an ally?
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