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|Work Title||Symphony No.2|
|Alternative. Title||The Creation|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2017|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||9 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||Orchestra: piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bassoon|
horn, trumpet (B♭), trombone, tuba
triangle, bass drum, piano, strings
In three movements
Evening came and morning came: the first day. ~Gen. 1:4-5
Notes from the composer:
This piece is meant to bring to the listener's mind the wonder of creation and the amazing reality of the universe. For thousands of years, people have thought of art as a means of imitating the Creator of the Universe. The Book of Genesis tells of how He made the world out of nothing and how He delighted in it. It is much in the same way that a composer purposefully creates music. There is a significant difference in that God creates something out of nothing whereas the composer creates from pre-existing material (i.e. sound, time, etc.). Yet in the making of music, we can participate in the joy of the Eternal Creator who made the universe and us for a beautiful purpose. With this piece, I hope to inspire a meditation on the beauty of existence and bring listeners to a peaceful realization of being.
In movement one, there are melodic figures darting here and there to illustrate chaos, yet there is also a recurring sixteenth-note pattern that depicts the "divine wind sweeping over the waters." Movement two is an unfolding of light. Movement three tells of the growth of order and of the joy of the new day of creation.