|Matthew T Hall|
Matthew T Hall is a young composer who is studying at Trinity Laban, and his Cantata is a large-scale piece which explores the Apollonian and Dionysian in art, and in life, via settings of symbolist poetry. Hall has drawn from a range of poets including Alexander Blok, Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietsche, Arthur Rimbaud, and Pablo Neruda. The text is intended to express the ideals represented by the Greek gods Apollo & Dionysus via a rich network of common symbols (such as the Sun). Dionysius affirms our mortality and our vitality by engaging with the destructive, the creative and the intoxicating (death, sex and wine), whilst Apollo represents a great many things, among them music, the Apollonian ideal appeals to logic, structure and 'beauty through form'. The poems are sung through the 'voices' of the two gods, provided by tenor (Apollo) and baritone (Dionysus) soloists. The chorus, as in a Greek tragedy, speak for the ordinary citizens dealing with these seemingly opposing forces.