A disjointed work with a sad, simple melody in triple meter set against an ostinato accompaniment in quadruple meter. The juxtapositon of clashing meters creates a sense of confusion resembling the clashing emotions and disbelief one might feel at a wake, a time when nothing makes sense.
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Imagine someone whom never keeps flowers, thinking that once plucked from the earth they have begun to perish...Why watch the slow decay? A bleak statement and sad truth. This composition makes use of the first part of the dies irae chant in the bottom voice to symbolize the inevitable, though it quickly breaks away.
This is a through composed work that is somewhat programatic. Each section helps tell the story of an Aeon (angel) who fell from grace and became the Demiurge (devil) and in a rage created the world out of spite, which according to Gnostic belief is the reason the Earth can seem like a nasty world at times. This composition is one of my personal favorites! I hope you enjoy.
Of all my music this one is the most challenging in my opinion. It is both technically and emotionally challenging for me. This piece was written for my father now deceased. I borrowed a Gregorian Chant for the Our Father prayer I had come across in a scared work by Praetorius. I used three small sections of the chant but changed the text to tell my father's final story. Taking ones life is a mortal sin in Christianity and this is my prayer to god asking him to spare casting my father to the underworld. The work is in sonata form and the two themes are the "prayer" and the "decent".
Theurgy is a sort of dark magic that ones uses to bind deities into doing a human's bidding, which usually a malice of some kind. I wrote this piece while thinking of my deceased father and wishing he was still amongst the living. It has at times a canonic feel and because of the subject needs to employ a fair amount of accidentals. Although, once memorized you''ll find most of the fingering is the same when the subject and entrances begin in the new key.
Most of my album "Ever Onward" tells the story of death, deep sorrow and loss. Towards the end the Album's composition period I met my beloved Carrie and was inspired to write about something lighter. This piece is dedicated to her and marks the end of mourning and the start of enjoying the things that only the living can enjoy. It mocks the first piece on the album, "The Wake" with a similar ostinato accompaniment and a very similar melody. The melody is in an uplifting major key and the time signature is shared by the accompaniment and the melody, creating quite a different sentiment than "The Wake"... a very nice bookend to the album.