The Seafarer adapts an Old English poem about the suffering and joy of the sea. The cellist runs from and eventually accepts the instrument itself, just as the narrator rejects and eventually embraces life on the sea. This piece can also be performed live by a single, acting cellist.
The text is translated from the Old English by Burton Raffel as printed in “Poems and Prose from the Old English”, used by kind permission of the Yale University Press.
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