This saddle-stitched performance score is published for performance and study.
About the work:
The media hype, hysteria and bigotry surrounding the AIDS virus has waned but the suffering of those who have contracted the disease continues. The title is taken from a poem of Dylan Thomas, 'Do not go gentle into that good night', and is a tribute to and reminder that many HIV sufferers are still raging against the dying of their light, still fighting to maintain their health, their dignity and their humanity.
The extra-music-structural trajectory is clear in this work, particularly at the end where despite the bursts of life and the angry and at times confused attempts of will to overcome the decaying process of the disease, death overtakes. And yet beyond the sense of tragedy and outrage at untimely suffering and death, there is a feeling of transcendent positivity.
© 1998 Linda Kouvaras
Dying of the Light was written for Ian Holtham, and the work was awarded the Jean Bogan Prize in 1997.