Essay on Origins

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David Branter

David Branter

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Year: 2018
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Program Notes

In his Essay on Origins, David Branter melds the creation narrative from the Book of Genesis with a gradually evolving musical soundscape. Beginning in darkness, he progressively introduces light, the waters, trees and all living things. Brief spoken interjection act as signposts along the way, some literal and others somewhat cheeky ("Land Ho!"). As mankind begins to make the slow, chromatic plod out of the primordial soup, a chorale tune emerges, perhaps signifying man's enlightenment through music. The tune, Innsbruck, may be familiar from Bach's setting of it in his St. Matthew Passion, but it is also associated with an old German poem by Paul Gerhardt, an Evening Prayer to the wornders of the natural world:

Now all the woods are sleeping
And night and stillness creeping
O'er city, man and beast;
But thou, my heart, awake thee,
To pray'r awhile betake thee,
And praises thy Maker ere thou rest.

- Program Note from Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 9 June 2018


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  • Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Coquitlam, B.C.) (David Branter, conductor) - 9 June 2018

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