"Job", by Vaughan Williams - Scene VI, Dance of Job's Comforters, Job's Curse, A Vision of Satan





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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2012

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In this part of Vaughan Williams' ballet, Satan introduces Job's Comforters, three wily hypocrites. Their dance is at first sympathetic, played on solo sax, but gradually becomes more angry. God curses Job (2'50). Heaven opens and reveals Satan seated on God's throne and surrounded by the hosts of hell (4'36). Job and his friends cower in terror. The music dies away towards the end of the scene.
This is awesome and terrifying music, performed by the London Philharmonic and conducted by Vernon Handley. I posted this because I wanted to show that Vaughan Williams wasn't all cows, green fields and Greensleeves. Although he had a glowing warmth and deep humanitarian passion in his works (see the 'Romanza' from his 5th Symphony, also posted on my channel), he also had an apocalyptic vision and I believe that some of his music (eg his 6th Symphony) was a warning to humanity, a warning to us about where our world and society are heading if our desires and primal impulses continue to control us. I think his music is becoming more relevant as we progress through the 21st century.

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