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Michael Harrison
From Ancient Worlds
NA042

for harmonic piano

 

Through the miracle of just intonation -- the art of tuning to the ratios found in the natural overtone series -- Harrison evokes glorious clouds of harmonics, from which emerge peals of divine thunder, angel choirs, celestial bells.

--The Nation

 

"From Ancient Worlds" is an allegory for a journey of the soul. "Song of the Rose," representing the soul, is the central theme of the work, and is presented in the style of a chorale (although it also appears in numerous variations, such as "Quest for the Rose", "Epiphany" and "Rose of Remembrance"). Various motifs, cadences and harmonic relationships from "Song of the Rose" are echoed in other parts of the work as well, depicting the soul's return in different guises as it travels through the imaginary landscapes of the various sections.

At the end of its journey, "Song of the Rose" returns in the elegiac "Rose of Remembrance", where phrases are juxtaposed with flashbacks of the major themes of the work. This is a metaphor for what is believed to be one of the first experiences of the afterlife: seeing life pass before your eyes in the presence of a Being of Light. "Rose of Remembrance" reaches for a glimpse behind the veil of our reality as it explores the experience of passage into the other world. What once existed is never completely finished, and as the soul lives on, so the final note of "From Ancient Worlds" is left unresolved.

--Michael Harrison

 

Track List

Quest For the Rose
1. Bells 4:14
2. Aeolian Harp 3:46
3. Quest For the Rose 2:17
4. Theme of the Empyreal Worlds 2:08
5. Mystic Lyre 6:46
6. Epiphany 2:52

The Garden of Avalon
7. Bells of the Garden of Avalon 3:12
8. Theme of the Garden of Avalon 4:31
9. Volcano 10:21

Land of the Rose
10. Bells of the Garden of Avalon and Transition to the Land of the Rose 1:30
11. Song of the Rose 6:09
12. Magic Rain 8:53
13. Rose of Remembrance 6:07

Total: 62:46

 

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