Earthrise Mass (2015)

ACT II
6. i am but moss (The Beatitudes)
7. For The Beauty of the Earth
8. Nocturne (Benedictus)
9a. Earthdance (In Paradisum)
9b. Agnus Dei

ACT I
1. Hymn to a Barren Earth
2. Tundra (Kyrie)
3. Tempest (Sanctus)
4. i thank You God
5. For the Mountains (Gloria)

 

Instrumentation
2+1(2d.AFl)+2(2d.CorA).2+1.3(3d.CBn) - TSx - 4.3(1d.Picc).3.1 - Timp+4Perc - Pno(d.Cel), Org, Hp - SATB Soli + SATB - Strings (9.9.6.4.2)
Percussion Equipment: Chimes, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone (with 3 Contrabass Bows), Crotales, Drum Set (minimum Kick, Snare, 4 Toms, Hi-Hat, Ride, Crash, Splash, China), Snare Drum, Bass Drum, 4 Concert Toms, Taiko Drum, Brake Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals,Medium & Large Tam-Tams, Large Gong, Sleigh Bells, Mark Tree, Wind Chimes, 2 Congas, Bongos, Shekere, Agogo Bells, Thundersheets

Texts
Traditional Sacred
Haverhill by Bruce Randall
i thank You God by e.e. cummings
For The Beauty of the Earth by F.S. Pierpont

Length
30'

Program Note

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once cautioned us, "Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." The future is unknown and looms before us. It is in humanity's collective and undecided future that composer Derek J. Weagle sets his masterwork for chorus and orchestra: Earthrise Mass.

The term "earthrise" is similar to the more familiar term, sunrise. Earthrise describes the spectacle of Earth ascending above the horizon from the surface of the moon. The composer envisions this planetary event, generations from now, and seeks to illustrate through music a cautionary tale of that future Earth and its people. Earthrise Mass chronicles the future decline and ultimate rehabilitation of the universal human race and how we every interaction we have with one another impacts our collective future.

Serving as a warning against our continued self-destruction, Earthrise Mass envisions a world where unity and universal good are the primary concerns of all Earth's people. In this futuristic work, humankind has laid aside the inconsequential differences that generate hate between different races and cultures, the greed and destruction that lays the Earth to waste, and the disregard for our fellow man which blinds us to the moral course of action. Humankind has always dwelt upon our differences. This focus on difference, not unity, has powered the engine of hate that creates laws to separate, to take advantage of, and to exploit others. After the world has taken this course of action to its extreme conclusion - the only way back from the brink of destruction is through complete oneness and unity.

    - John-Morgan Bush, 2015

Premiere
April 25th, 2015
Derek J. Weagle, Conductor
Hallie Grose, Samantha Lovewell, Adam Kaplowitz, Eric Miller; Soloists
Durgin Concert Hall, UMass Lowell; Lowell, MA