In the present piece, the listener will hear medieval plainchant and Renaissance polyphony, Romantic harmonies and modernist noise textures. The texts, too, are varied: excerpts from Psalm 119 in Latin, Hebrew, and English show a direct and interactive relationship with God; “Nondum” by Gerard Manley Hopkins poem describes a one-way relationship full of doubt; another line from “Foster the Light” exhorts us to find meaningful interactions (“pluck a mandrake music”) within the “singing choir” of human community and the experience of the “marrowroot” of daily life.
The piece therefore dramatizes divergent, even contradictory, worldviews. Like Whitman, the piece hopes to contain multitudes, and as in his work, the contradictions are cause for celebration. Perhaps the central insight with which art can supply us is that when we ask, Who is glory?, the way we answer is less important than the fact that we can ask at all.[/gn_note]
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