Rumsey, Timothy Douglas
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This paper is an analysis of four recent musical compositions for chorus and orchestra: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo, and Tim Rumsey’s Neither Life Nor Death. For each work, emphasis is placed on the role of text, form, musical style, and harmonic language in portraying a reconciliation theme. The inference of a reconciliation theme in each work is made based on the presence of a struggle between man and evil, man and sin, or man and God. A full score to Neither Life Nor Death is included.