L.O.S.T.

for 16-part mixed a cappella choir (24’)
Movement #1 (excerpt) - Jason Carl Rosenberg
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Movement #2 (excerpt) - Jason Carl Rosenberg
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L.O.S.T. is a 25-minute composition scored for a 16-part unaccompanied mixed choir.  Related to the Renaissance practice of the paraphrase mass, the work is a compositional response, and potential companion piece, to Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis.  L.O.S.T. is designed such that Tallis’ work can be interleaved with it in performance.  Both pieces are shaped by the Hebrew Bible’s penitential “Book of Lamentations,” which chronicles an attempt to understand and cope with a devastating loss -- in particular, the sacking of Jerusalem.  The book is divided into 5 chapters.  Each chapter consists of 22 lines of text or a multiple thereof, whereby each line begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  Likewise, the English language lyrics created for L.O.S.T. by the composer contain 22 lines, each beginning with a different letter of the English alphabet.  The four letters omitted from the list are, in order: L, O, S, and T.  

(Sample Score Page)

Text by Jason Carl Rosenberg

I. Denial
Amaranthine walls cannot be breached (Aleph)
Boundless air within our lungs (Beth)
Chimeras don’t cloud the reality (Gimel)
Deathless fire on our tongues (Daleth)

II. Anger
Eviscerate the enemy (He)
Fight and torment (Waw)
Gorge on revenge ‘til teeth are stained in blood (Zayin)
Hostility’s the remedy (Heth)
Incite and/the lament (Teth)

III. Bargaining
Justice, can you spare me? (Yodh)
Know that I faithfully plead (Kaph)
Measure out my fate kindly? (Lamed)
Nullify my every misdeed? (Mem)

IV. Depression
Pallbearers pull my broken heart (Nun)
Quietly to a quarantined grave (Samekh)
Resigned to a life of a ragpicker (Ayin)
Unhinged, unhappy, unable to restart (Pe)
Voided, vulnerable, unable to be saved (Sadhe)

V. Acceptance
With due time we'll accept (Qoph)
Xanadu has run its course (Resh)
Yes, we have wept (Shin)
Zero remorse (Taw)

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