Fanfare for the Common human

the war drums beat
big skinned, first loud
then soft, the army receeding

then from on high
clear crisp and cold, a starlit winter night
a brass horn blows

the drums then, nearer now
more trumpets wake and join
the drums reply
the horns blast into the fullness of their voice
trombones, tubas bleating
percussions
blaring
great gong crashing
bright on high
pure, crystal, sparkling
wide open
ready

then the woodwind warmth
and strings come play
in springtime exuberance
leaping and bounding
newborn fauns
joyful
deliciously alive

now reaching a higher plane
angellic resonant
grunting talking becomes singing
hands in waves rippling
a vast sea of clarity
and hope

 

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To be read along with this:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMVB0B1_Ts  Then this, for the second half of the piece, from 3:53: https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=pgj7_DmgDqs

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7 thoughts on “Fanfare for the Common human

  1. I enjoyed this one, Eric, with its ‘big skinned’ drum beat. I like the way the instruments echo the seasons:
    ‘clear crisp and cold, a starlit winter night
    a brass horn blows’
    and
    ‘… the woodwind warmth
    and strings come play
    in springtime exuberance’.

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