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Discovery - Publication Details
Third Movement from In Sideribus Domi: At Home In The Stars


 

 
  Catalogue Number -
PEL2046-III SATB

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB choir with

Small Ensemble:
piano
soprano sax
cello
guitar
keyboard
bass
percussion

Level of Difficulty - Difficult

Uses/Season - Festival, Concert

 

 

 


Duration -
7:20 mins


Pages Music -
17 pages SATB - 24 page booklet
 
Format -
SATB/piano reduction choral octavo


Copyright Year - 2003

Perusal Score PDF
SATB perusal only


Sound Clip ◙♫

7:18 duration this movement only
Archival recording Choir and Orchestra



Full recording of live performance at Tanglewood, 2004 featuring Chorus Angelicus, Gaudeamus, The Battell Chamber Orchestra, directed by Paul Halley
 

Hear the entire work at this youtube.com link on the Paul Halley & Pelagosmusic channel: 

http://youtu.be/y2yfFauoPZ4

Text excerpt:
We are stepping on music, friends,
All our discoveries bring us closer
to the unveiling of this theme.
The turbulence of the heart
A strange attractor.
The goal of the arts and sciences?
To make us better dancers.

-
David Densmore,  from “Text on the Arts and Sciences”

 
Description/Remarks
The overall work, "In Sideribus Domi: At Home in the Stars", is a broad reflection on the themes of discovery, creativity, the arts and sciences, centering on the night sky, with gorgeous melody lines, inventive jazz harmonies and rhythmic complexity for singers and instrumentalists. Discovery, the central movement of the five-movement work is a samba whose harmonies consist of the “star bridge” chords compressed. The ending affords all the instrumentalists an opportunity to improvise over the choir’s repeated figure. A new poem by David Densmore forms the text of the movement, beginning with the words, "Discovery belongs to those who are willing to be lost", and concluding, "The goal of the arts and sciences? To make us better dancers."  

Click for Composer's Notes
__________________________________________________

Commissioned by The Clay Center of Science and Art
for the dedication of the new museum building in Charleston, WV. Commission made possible through the Continental Harmony Project of American Composers Forum.



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Texts and Translations

Discovery
Third Movement from In Sideribus Domi: At Home In The Stars

Words:
David Densmore - from “Text on the Arts and Sciences”

Discovery belongs to those who are willing to be lost, and lost, stumble on the footing of the foundation of the new. Discovery belongs to those who see the real as it is, often overlooked, errors and intermittency, that hold the key to the patterns of the operation as a whole.
______

(This section omitted from musical composition.)
The Cantor's Dust* peppers our lives
signal error, random noise,
that cracks our choral perfection with hum.
Hour, by minute, by second inevitably
(if not predictably) with cosmic regularity.
Error, which cannot be overcome by struggle
or overpowered by signal strength
is tempered only by the redundancy of the choir itself, by acceptance of the lost and the new
by fresh discovery of the whole pressed into the  myriad palms reaching toward the door.    

______

Celebrate those who realize they hold the key.
That marvelous error that planted foot
in outsider soil, seeded with a heart unafraid
to reach into the fluid maze. 

We who look back can say
"that day a solid discovery was made".
Those certain poles now lit for easy entry,
once hid the spiral equation of dragon’s breath.
Step lightly over the fissures God has woven
into the atomic sidewalk; the light
is pouring through the concrete, into the shimmering world. 

We are stepping on music, friends,
All our discoveries bring us closer
to the unveiling of this theme.
The turbulence of the heart
A strange attractor.
The goal of the arts and sciences?

To make us better dancers.

-
David Densmore
(c) 2003