“Only a Few Years Will Pass” is a piano solo in response to Job 16. Here you will find a recording of the piece and also the score so you can play your own response to Job. This piece was written as a “Guided Improvisation” for piano. The performer is given an outline with the freedom to explore certain themes. Each episode is punctuated by a recurring motive.
If you don’t know the story of Job, read the full book. Chapter 16 is especially vivid and we feel has certain “improvisatory” elements that inspired this piano solo.
Listen/Download Only a Few Years Will Pass
1 Then Job replied:
2 “I have heard many things like these;
miserable comforters are you all!
3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?
What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4 I also could speak like you,
if you were in my place;
I could make fine speeches against you
and shake my head at you.
5 But my mouth would encourage you;
comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
6 “Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved;
and if I refrain, it does not go away.
7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out;
you have devastated my entire household. READ MORE…
BC ELEMENTS (What’s This?)
If you are a piano player, download the score to perform the piece on your own. A performance will work in a classical or jazz setting as well as during a worship service in response to a reading of Job. If you perform the piece or record your own version, Contact Us so we can add it to the site. If you are a sound designer or composer, or would like to Create your own Confrontatie to this piece, you might find the MIDI file above useful.
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