• Geoffrey Bush
  • The Equation (1967)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Sacred Music Drama Society

Unavailable for performance.

  • 1111/1210/perc/org/vlc
  • 40 min
  • the composer after John Drinkwater's play

Programme Note


At the time of the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD, two pairs of friends find themselves in opposing camps – Marcus and Junius, Roman officers, inspired by the Imperial ideals of law and government, justice and truth; and Simon and David, members of the fanatical Resistance, convinced that a Jewish victory will bring peace on earth and a fulfilment of the vision of Isaiah – ‘the lion shall lie down with the lamb and a little child shall lead them’. As the curtain falls, the Roman Marcus and the Jew Simon have each lost their friend (killed by their opposite numbers in a sortie into enemy territory) and have learned that in all wars, whatever the motive and whatever the place – whether it is Jerusalem or Vietnam – there can only be one solution to the equation: X equals nothing.