Earth Cantata for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra (inspired by the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach)
Earth Cantata for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra was inspired by the cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. It uses the form of Bach's sacred cantatas as a starting point and embraces their deep spiritual and emotional weight and richness, while fusing influences of Jazz, Rock and Pop music in a unique and fresh way. The text is a poetic interpretation of the biblical Psalm 66 by the Elizabethan poet Mary Sidney Herbert, from around the year 1599. Earth Cantata was commissioned by the New Mexico Performing Arts Society and was performed in two special concerts on March 3rd in Santa Fe, NM and on March 5th in Placitas, NM. In addition to the concerts, Aaron was featured in two "Meet the Composer" events in early February.
Videos of the Earth Cantata concert are coming soon! Below are audio recordings for each movement.
Earth Cantata - 1st Movement (Fantasy on an Original Chorale)
Earth Cantata - 2nd Movement (Fantasy on The Art of Fugue theme)
Earth Cantata - 3rd Movement (Aria for Soprano) - Camille Tierney, soprano soloist and Amanda Talley, oboe
Earth Cantata - 4th Movement (Find Bach!) (Duet for Tenor and Bass)
André García-Nuthmann, Tenor; Andrew Paulson, bass and Linda Marianiello, flute
Earth Cantata - 5th Movement (Fantasy on an Original Chorale)