The Fates of Man

(IV. From ‘Mythology Symphony’)

Stacy Garrop

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 9:50
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The three Sisters of Fate were minor goddesses who were personifications of man's inescapable destiny. Each Sister had a particular task: Klotho spinned the thread of life; Lakhesis measured the thread; and Atropos cut the thread. While a man's actions affected various aspects of his life, the actual length was predetermined. The Fates of Man depicts a man who realizes he is nearing the end of his life. He appeals to the three Sisters to give him control over his own destiny, but as they have already measured and cut his thread, they deny his request. The movement ends with the man slowly dying away.

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra
Composition Date 2010
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere May 22nd, 2010. Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller

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