The Intoxicated Poet (2009)

Three Female Vocalists and Amplification (+ reverb)

Duration: 11 minutes | Composed: 2009 (Modart 09) | Premiered August 09 - The Salon, Melbourne Recital Center, Australia. | Performed and Recorded by The Sydney Song Company.

This work is inspired by Neitzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in particular this song from Part IV of the book.

Text:
Woe is me! Where has the time fled? Did I not sink into deep wells? The world is asleep – Ah! Ah! The dog howls, the moon is shining. I will rather die, die, than tell you what my midnight heart is now thinking. Now I am dead. It is finished. Spider, why do you spin you web around me? Do you want blood? Ah! Ah! The dew is falling, the hour has come - the hour which chills and freezes me, Which asks and asks and asks: “Who has heart enough for it? - who shall be master of the world?”
- Section 4 The Intoxicated Song, Part IV, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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