Missouri Catholic Resident Publishes Road to Emmaus Album For Lenten Reflections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNION, MO (February 7, 2012) - Follow Jesus From the Last Supper to Emmaus, feel the Master as he walks before you, feel the chilling air as Jesus enters into his Passion for you. Remember his words as he speaks to the Father on your behalf: "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you." Let his words re-echo in your soul as you listen to each track. Let his Holy Spirit lead you into his prayer to set your spirit free to praise and bless his Holy Name. Be at his side with Mary Magdalen and the Apostles when he rises...
Road to Emmaus is a collection of several instrumentals lasting over an hour, which leads the listener thru an emotional journey, while following Jesus from the Last Supper scene to the Road to Emmaus event.
1. The Master 7’20” is a heavily percussive piece with resounding drums in the background and a modal melody in the foreground.
2. The Son of Man must go up to Jerusalem. [9’02’] This is a song in 4/4 with a theme of four notes in the dorian mode. It has several sections. It begins by announcing the theme in the lower register, then begins to ascend to the middle and upper registers, thru slow assent. Along the way it goes thru various counterpoints and harmonic variations, until its reaches a climax and then begins to descend. It ends with a recapitulation, closing theme, and a short postlude. Jesus went to Jerusalem to be rejected by the elders and leaders of the people.
3. Towards You, seeks to grasp the essence of Jesus vocation to be in the Father. It is an upbeat pulsating groove. Out of this pulsating groove comes a vocal mix of various vocal timbres. It represents the souls assent to the Father.
4. Unless a grain of wheat fall to the earth, captures the attitude of love Jesus expressed in his Passion and death. In the bass hovers an eerie atonal atmosphere, while in the treble a simple melody weaves itself along a path which can only be expressed as meandering. Death is not welcomed by all, but Jesus accepted it as an act of eternal love for us all. Many times it is hard to sense the beauty behind the starkness of death and evil, yet it is thru these that Jesus rose on the third day. The transforming melody represents this passage from death to life.
5. As the Father has loved me so I have loved you, expresses the eternal love of the Son of God for sinners. The soaring strings represent the loftiness of love, which seeks union with those it loves. The melody is set in a whole tone scale to represent the universality of that love for all mankind. The recurring bass motive represents the real love Jesus had for us in the flesh as true God and true man. His love was not philosophical but actual as He “ laid down his life for us.” The opening and closing timpani represents the heroicity of Jesus love for humanity.
6. Do not be unbelieving but believe, is a short orchestral piece. There is a lot of symbolism in this piece. First of all there are two keys juxtaposed against one another, g minor and Bb Major. Secondly, there is the unmoving Thomas theme in the Bass. The Unmoving Thomas theme begins the piece, then enters the cello section representing the Resurrected Lord theme, which is in counterpoint to the "Unbelieving and Unmoving Thomas theme." Next enters the group of the "Apostles theme" in harmony with the "Resurrected Lord theme." The “faithful theme," represented by the Timpani is a complement and augments the Resurrected Lord and Community of the Apostles theme; in other words, there is a unity among the believers as opposed to Thomas who is still unbelieving. Finally, in the end we here the Thomas conversion theme who symbolically cries “My Lord and my God,” by joining in the common theme between the Lord and the Apostles and the communion of the faithful. Lastly, the tubular bells represent the call to faith which plays throughout the piece to the end, since it is only thru the call of grace thru the Holy Spirit that conversion of heart can take place.
7. On the Road, is about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The plan is simple. The cello section represents the two disciples, while the Horn section represents the Lord Jesus and his dialogue with the disciples. Both sections move to different keys showing the various movements of revelation thru the Old and New Testaments foretelling the Messiahs Incarnation. The instrumental ends in a higher key showing the final outcome of the prophecies and the death and Resurrection.
8. I Chose you, is written with a simple synthetic pad. It begins on home ground then moves away and returns after landing on the dominant of the key. Just as the soul knows it is on foreign shores in this world, thru faith it finds its path back home again in Christ and there its soul finds rest again: "Abba, Father."
9. If the world hates you, is an acoustic instrumental set among atonal melodies and arrhythmic melody to indicate the complex entanglement of sin and deception the the Christian often has to live among. There is a short motif which enters which is more tonally melodic representing the grace that labors to carry forward the work of Christ in the faithful.
10. In Spirit and in Truth, based on the Harpolodic sound of a Japanese Harp. It is a synthetic instrument. It also uses percussion: Udu, Darbuka, Tambourine , Bongos. Maj 2nd -> P4 [C D F G F] , Maj 2nd -> P4 T5 [F G Bb C Bb] Part I: Var. 1 [C D F D G] T5 [F G Bb G C] Part II: Var. 2 [G F D C F] T5 [C F G F Bb] Part III: repetition with variation of Part I.
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Clinton Lefort - Owner,
Road to Emmaus, Following Christ to the Resurrection
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