The Parable of the Old Man and the Young is based off of the Wilfred Owen poem of the same title. This piece starts off wandering through a desert. Slowly as the piece progresses it becomes more mechanical. The piece is based heavily on the hymn “Nearer my god to Thee”, morphing the hymn as it progresses as well. The beginning, therefore, begins with a happy version of the hymn and, as it progresses, it becomes more mechanical and ominous. At one point, the music imitates an angel dancing down from heaven. This all leads to a dance of death that rushes into the very end.