The Vision of the Dry Bones
Ezekiel’s parable reflects the resurrection and uplifting of the people of Israel from the abyss of exile and Holocaust to redemption and the return to the land of Israel (Ezekiel, 37:12): “Thus said the Lord God; Behold, O my people, / will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel”.
The composer envisaged Ezekial’s prophesy (that inspired his composition) as the prediction of the return to Zion and gathering of the exiles into the Land of Israel. The ‘dry bones’ are a metaphor for the bones of those who perished in the Holocaust, and Ezekial asks in the verse “bring you into the land of Israel” to whom does “you” refer, if not to the souls of Israel interwoven into Jewish existence for eternity?
And it shall come to pass in the last days (The Last Days to Come)
This work contains a collection of comforting prophecies by Isaiah, Amos and Zephania depicting a state of world peace. (Isaiah 2:2): “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 11:9): “The world will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord like water covering the sea”.
The composer gathered the comforting prophesies of some of the Prophets of Israel. These are reflected in the composition through his adherence to the vision of the Last Days to Come – a belief that the achievement of this vision may be lengthy and fraught with obstacles, but it will eventually arrive.
Programme notes for The Vision of the Dry Bones, Mount Sinai Cantata and The Last Days to Come written by the composer, Issak Tavior.