Release Date: September 29, 2017
Catalog #: NV6126
Missa Charles Darwin (2011)
Gregory W. Brown
1 Introitus; Tropus Ad Kyrie
6 Agnus Dei
New York Polyphony
Geoffrey Williams Countertenor
Steven Caldicott Wilson Tenor
Christopher Dylan Herbert Baritone
Craig Phillips Bass
Recorded September 30, and October 1, 2013 at American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York NY
Session Producer, Engineer & Editing Jens Braun
Texts compiled and edited by Craig Phillips
Word Tree Concept (Cover) David Croy
Photography Daniel Courter
New York Polyphony photo Chris Owyoung
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Mastering Shaun Michaud, Lucas Paquette
Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell
Design Emily Roulo
Marketing Scott Feldman
MISSA CHARLES DARWIN
Vocal music with texts from Charles Darwin
Performed by New York Polyphony
GREGORY W. BROWN
“MISSA CHARLES DARWIN USES THE BEST PRACTICES OF RENAISSANCE POLYPHONY IN SPEAKING TO A MODERN WORLD. IT IS ELEGANT AND RESTRAINED, BUT NEVER BORING. BROWN USES A WHOLLY ORIGINAL APPROACH TOWARD DISSONANCE, TEMPERED IN THE LOGICAL FIRES OF MODAL COUNTERPOINT; — VERY FINE, SERIOUS, AND, I DARE SAY, DEVOUTLY FELT MUSIC.” — ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK
Around the world, millions of readers eagerly await the impending release of the new thriller ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ According to Brown, the initial spark of inspiration for his highly anticipated novel struck him when he first heard a provocative piece of classical music entitled Missa Charles Darwin — a piece composed by award-winning composer Gregory W. Brown, who also happens to be the author’s brother. The composition is featured at a crucial moment in the ‘Origin’ narrative.
Missa Charles Darwin, was written for Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and is structured on the standard liturgical Mass. Brown painstakingly translated DNA sequences and markers into musical phrases set to texts by Charles Darwin. In doing so, Brown simultaneously commemorates the scientist’s genius while interrogating the relationship between faith and reason.
“For some listeners Missa Charles Darwin might seem inherently subversive,” adds Gregory W. Brown, “but that can be part of the conversation. It doesn’t take anything away from religion to also celebrate Charles Darwin.”
Dan Brown notes, “I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay between science and religion; ‘Missa Charles Darwin’ is an ingenious fusion of the two, and it immediately captivated me. Missa Charles Darwin got me thinking about evolutionary processes, spiritual views, and the origins of our species and our belief systems.”
special edition deluxe package
Missa Charles Darwin will be released as a special edition deluxe package on September 29th on PARMA Recordings/Navona Records. It will include an all-new remastering of Missa Charles Darwin as well as liner notes, biographies, and excerpts from the Darwin texts featured in the music.
A select number of the deluxe packages include a limited edition photograph hand signed by the composer and author.
All of Gregory’s proceeds from this release are being donated to musical education charities including Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, and the International Society for Music Education.
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