The Son of Man

Congratulations to David Hodgkins and Coro Allegro for receiving the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award for their premiere of The Son of Man.

“The 2012 award goes to Coro Allegro, an adult volunteer ensemble in Boston led by David Hodgkins. The ensemble collaborated with the adult choir at the United Parish in Brookline (who also commissioned the work) in a world premiere by Kareem Roustom that expanded the singers’ musical world as well as exposing their audience to a brand new compositional voice.””

The Son of Man (2011)
A six movement oratorio for Soli,
(Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor & Bass Baritone) Chorus (SATB), Trumpet, Harp, Percussion and Organ.
Text by Kahlil Gibran from “Jesus The Son of Man: His words and His deeds as told and recorded by those who knew Him”
Premiere: May 8th 2011 Brookline, MA
Duration ca. 58 minutes

Score and parts are available for purchase through ECS Publishing here.

The Boston Globe “The music… is pitched toward the impassioned, adapting Arabic-derived scales into a rich, heavily perfumed chromaticism, affording both eerie atmosphere and high-impact drama. Moment to moment, [Roustom’s] invention is prolific.” Read the full article here.

I. PHUMIAH THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF SIDON TO THE OTHER PRIESTESSES: An Invocation

II. BENJAMIN THE SCRIBE: Let The Dead Bury Their Dead

III. MARY MAGDALEN: On Meeting Jesus For The Very First Time

IV. JOHN THE BAPTIST: He Speaks In Prison To His Disciples

V. A WOMAN, ONE OF MARY’S NEIGHBORS: A Lamentation

VI. A MAN FROM LEBANON: Nineteen Centuries Afterward

Audio recorded by John Weston at Futura Productions, video filmed and edited by Extraneous Noise.

The text in this work is from “Jesus The Son of Man” by Kahlil Gibran and is used with the kind permission of the Gibran National Committee
P.O. Box 116-5375
Beirut, Lebanon
Phone: (+961-1) 396916 Fax: (+961-1) 396921
E-Mail: k.gibran@cyberia.net.lb.