Sunday, March 31, 2013

EASTER FANFARES

By Stephen Tharp

Composer and Performer

 At Saint Patrick's Cathedral


If Stephen Tharp's piece sounds strange to you, try to imagine having known and loved Jesus, personally, and been present at His Crucifixion. The pain and sorrow must have been more than his disciples, and his family could bear. Then try to imagine the incredible AWE, the GIDDINESS, the heart-stopping, bone-chilling WONDER as the REALIZATION of the RESURRECTION as FACT began to assert itself in their consciousness. 

This piece makes a good attempt to evoke the unsettling-but-incredibly enlivening emotions that must have been produced in those who witnessed History's Single Most Significant Event.


~ FreeThinke

4 comments:

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  2. Oh, to hear this one in a cathedral instead of on my computer's speakers!

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  3. Brilliant, but unnerving.

    I can't imagine how he does it.

    Those sounds echoing in a great stone vaulted chamber would soon cut us all down to size, I think -- if you could get anyone to listen anymore.

    They won't, of course. Too busy texting to Rock and roll.

    God speaks and their eyes glaze over with boredom.

    RIght now Satan seems to be winning the battle for our souls.

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  4. Der Musensohn said

    I just happened by here, and stopped to listen to this. I have to say it moved me to tears. Your description of what it's might mean helped bring me to that point. Tharp is an incredible genius.

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