From Glory To Glory is a suite of music re-telling the gospel story using a fusion of classical and contemporary instruments and musical styles (think Shostakovich meets Philip Glass via Yes). Here are electronic recordings of the score made using ‘Sebelius 6’, together with pdf’s of the scores. The choir’s words are on the scores, but the computer can only sing ‘Ah’s’, so you have to use your imagination a little! If you are interested in performing some or all of From Glory To Glory then please drop me a line. I can provide pdf’s of individual parts.
Movement 0: Trinity
This movement concerns God ‘before’ the act of cosmic creation. A solo piano introduces three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the divine Trinity (wherein the Father is the root of the divine being, the Son eternally depends upon the father and the Spirit ‘proceeds’ from both the father and the Son). The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections and ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead.
Movement 1: Light
This movement depicts the angels rejoicing in God’s creation of light in the Big Bang and ‘dancing’ among the stars thereafter.
Movement 2: One Sin
A setting of a line of poetry from Christian writer G.K. Chesterton, about there being ‘only one sin, to call a green leaf grey’, that is, to reject the reality that God is God for the lie that man can be his own God. As Humanity experiences the consequences of sin the music enters the minor key and becomes broken up.
Movement 3: Logos
The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the personification of the Stoic philosophical notion of the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation.
Movement 4: Love
Choral setting of Jesus’ answer to the question about the greatest commandment.
Movement 5: Garden
A setting of Jesus’ famous prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. The piece uses suspended resolutions and a fluctuating pattern of major and minor notes that gradually become more resolute as Jesus turns his face to the cross and prays that the Father’s will be done on earth as in heaven.
Movement 6: Agnus Dei
Jesus is the ‘Lamb of God’, God’s self-sacrifice of forgiveness in the face of our sin.
Movement 7: Kyrie
A setting of the traditional Kyrie, a prayer for forgiveness: ‘Lord, forgive us, Christ forgive us, Lord forgive us.’ This is the Christian response to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Movement 8: Telos
Inspired by John’s vision of heaven in Revelation 21, the choir sing about the wedding feast of the Lamb who will wipe away ever tear from our eyes and bring ‘Shalom’ (a Hebrew word meaning peace, wholeness and flourishing).
Movement 9: Gloria
This piece returns us to the Trinitarian theme and key of movement zero, using it as a setting for the apostle Paul’s comparison between the sufferings of the present world and the glory of the new heavens and earth to come revealed by the resurrection. This movement is about living the Christian life on earth in the light of the hope of heaven.