“Archangel Raphael leaving Tobias’s house” was composed based on the story of Archangel Raphael in the book of Tobit.There was an old man named Tobit, a devout Jew. He lost his eyesight and realized his death and was in a trap of despair. On the other hand, there was a daughter named Sarah who was obsessed with the devil, and she also wanted to die. One day, Tobit’s son Tobias traveled with his guide to his father. This guide was Raphael who came down to give salvation to them. During the journey, Tobias meets Sarah. Under the direction of Rafael, Tobias deceived the heart and liver of the giant fish he had caught and gave her, the devil was dealt with. Tobias returned home, as Rafael said again, he dropped bile of giant fish in his father’s eyes. Then Tobit’s vision was restored. Tobias and Sara were married and they lived happily. Rafael told them that he was an angel of God, told Tobias to write down everything that happened to them, and went back to heaven.
The song begins mysteriously with woodwinds and gradually turns into a melody that makes you imagine the vast land and sea. The middle part expresses the misfortune that happened to Tobito and Sarah. The climax of the story is magnificently depicted as the devil leaves, Tobit’s eyes heal, bless Sarah and Tobias’s marriage, Rafael reveals his identity, and leaves Tobias’s house.
Commissioned by Philharmonic Winds Osakan.Recorded on February 21 and 22, 2007.
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