Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

'Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'

Composer John Fischer musically tells the iconic poem of Dylan Thomas, urging us to not give in and to push ourselves to the very end.

Difficulty - Medium Hard     Grade - 4 - 4.5

ORIGINAL COMPOSITION - no rights required.

Prelude - 'That Good Night'

It is a time of reflection, a time to look back on one's life and think of all they have done.  The end is near, it can be felt.  It is inevitable, just like it is for every person.  

Mvt. I - 'Blaze Like Meteors'

But just because the end may be near, does not mean one has to accept it and go out quietly.  Ignore what everyone thinks should be done as you near the end, and continue to live.  Be blind to what the expectations are, and 'Blaze Like Meteors' through the time that you do have.

Mvt. II - 'The Sad Height'

When one is close to the end, it is as though they are standing on a tall vantage point, looking out into the unknown and wondering what could be next.  It will be only time before they find out, coming down from that 'Sad Height.'

Mvt. III - 'Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light'

Thomas tells us that we should enjoy our time to the fullest while we can, but he also takes a bit more of an aggressive stance telling us to really fight back against the point where our time on the earth is over.  'Rage' is an aggressive and dark piece, symbolizing the aggressiveness in the fight back against death.  It takes the same theme we hear in 'Blaze Like Meteors,' yet kicks up the tempo and is set in a minor key.  However, at the end, we hear the main theme of the prelude come back to close out the show.