About this work:
Publisher: Buckthorn Music Press (cat. no. 91-2)
Duration: 1 min.
Sound Cue: water, storms, trumpet choir, solo trombone, eagles and women's chorus | All rights reserved.
"Chariot (Q2)" (a 1-minute electronic miniature) is inspired by the vision of Elijah and his ascent by flaming chariot from the desert bank of the Jordan River (2Kings: chapter 2). It is a short, but complex scene. While water and wind are ever present with the story of God’s prophets, at the call of the solo trombone (a quote from Job’s “Nehemiah’s Dusk”), Elijah is away and loosed from this earth to glory. It begins as if Elijah is here already one foot on the chariot, and he takes a backward glance to his time on earth. He remembers birth, evoked by sacred women’s chorus and water. He remembers his troubles and a binding to the natural forces, then a sacred yearning for spiritual cleansing (the trumpet choir from Job’s “Toumai - Hope of Life”) stirs his breast and echoes his deliverance - heard as with an upward rising of his mysterious destiny in the heavens marked by the eagles.
Version: second half of Chariot
Year composed: 2006
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources:Electronic Processing of Live Performance
Instrumentation notes: Sound Cue of water, storms, trumpet choir, solo trombone, eagles and women's chorus