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donhakman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:20 PM
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New music - Far Horizons
Today I heard the definitive Symphony of our Age. Although it begins as a choral symphony, it is also a piano concerto in five movements.
There are mysteries yet to uncover in this work, worlds alien to earthly ears while familiar harmonies like those of Copland, Gershwin and Stravinsky will elevate the common man.

The colors of this work Far Horizons, entitle it to be called the Rite of Fall. In five movements, a galactic variety of themes are haunting, romantic and powerful. I encountered an evolution from the initial fundamental gravity of love in its orbit around chaos, until the entire universe is seeded with life at the end of the final movement.

This grand concertos simplicity compliments its incredible complexity toward the end. The astonishing power of the piano score is beyond anything the new age genre has ever heard, while the classical world will have to invent new superlatives to burst the boundaries of a modern piano concerto.

An ethereal childrens chorus theme in the first movement returns in the final movement along with many other extra-musicular surprises. If you can imagine or remember what it was like hearing Beethovens ninth for the first time you will be prepared to explore a number of new magical moments. Dance troupes, film directors or fractal artists will all be inspired by this work to explore creativity beyond a time event horizon.

There are familiar moments that are lush or rhythmically powerful and will remind you of other greatness but there are times where one may abandon all that we conventionally hold and are invited to invent new worlds and new loves. By the end, I knew I was in the presence of a master who has exceeded our new age.
Just as one may not fully comprehend string theory, we all can enjoy the divine bounty of life around us. Likewise this piano concerto by Chien-Tai Chen humbly opens its arms to all who enter yet holds deeper secrets within.
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