e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold)

Composer
Julian David Bryson
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Andrea Thoenes
Year Composed
2018
Pages
8
Minutes
3:30
Difficulty
4 (Auditioned chorus)
Language
English
Voicing
8 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Extended Techniques
Yes
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts; Restrained, holding back; Sparse, distant, minimal
Description

"e pluribus unum (Hope Like Gold)" reflects on the hope of democracy: that an educated population (the many) would make wise decisions for the betterment of humanity (the one). The music oscillates between dramatic unisons and shimmering poly-chords, sometimes interrupted by gestures of sighing and heaving. Hope and gold alternate—one seemingly solid, one shimmering harmonically—until their roles reverse in a cascade of questions. Which is gleaming more brightly? Which is truly golden? Which is more valuable? Which will last? Andrea Thoenes's stunning text reminds us with all poetic subtlety that any promise for tomorrow is but fool's gold; the music echoes this premise. Let the combination expose our corporate vulnerability, discomfort, and even fear. In such honest spaces, we are able to move on from "hoping" for better days, instead acting to make better days a reality.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0pqzjx42qw4zd8t/e%20pluribus%20unum%20%28Hope%20Like%20Gold%29%20JU%20University%20Singers.mp3?dl=0

Audio Credit
Jacksonville University Singers
Group
Triad
Performances
Traid: 2019 May 11 & 12 (Madrigals)