Man Unkind (Vocal Score)
Scored for: SATB, cymbals, harp and strings
Duration: 5 minutes
Other Info: Originally written as a movement for soprano soloist in the oratorio St Cuthbert (1995), Man Unkind is also available as a separate scored for SATB, strings and harp and recorded was by Tenebrae on the CD The Call of Wisdom.
With libretto by Ben Dunwell the large scale 80 minute oratorio St Cuthbert is based on the life of the famous Northumbrian Saint, St Cuthbert and was written to celebrate the millennium of the Diocese of Durham (995-1995). The complete work St Cuthbert was recorded by the Hallé Orchestra and received critical acclaim.
“Todd has an extraordinary command of the gestural language of oratorio . . . he has an impressive melodic gift and uses it to excellent effect.” Ivan Moody/ International Record Review / 2003
Man unkind, what mercy shall you find when you are tried?
Man, have mercy.
Your Saviour’s face was shown from heav’n above
to teach us that the grace of man is love.
Poor mankind, what mercy shall you find when you are tried?
Let hatred be forgotten and anger cease.
So may you rise as angels and at peace.
Instrumental parts: cym, hrp, solo vln, 2 vln, vla, vc, cb
Vocal Score ISMN 9790570701384