STAR'S END Update 09.05.04
- ON THE TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS by John Adams
commemorates those who lost their lives on the 11 September
2001 attack on the World Trade Center. It also mourns on behalf
of those of us left behind. This work is without any contemplation
of motive; it is about the nature of death and has been cited as
the finest musical representation of this concept since the
adagio from Mahler's Fourth. ON THE TRANSMIGRATION OF
SOULS was given its premiere by the New York Philharmonic on
19 September 2002 at Lincoln Center. The CD presents a
stereophonic recording of Adams work.
According to Adams, "Transmigration means 'the movement
from one place to another' or 'the transition from one state of
being to another.' But in this case I mean it to imply the
movement of the soul from one state to another. And I don't just
mean the transition from living to dead, but also the change that
takes place within the souls of those that stay behind, of those
who suffer pain and loss and then themselves come away from
that experience transformed."
ON THE TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS contains no musical
narrative. It refers not to any externalities, but to loss and grief,
to our slowly dimming acceptance of reality and of movement
into light. This work is a musical space for reflection and
remembrance, of meditation on an unanswerable question.
Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from ON THE
TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS by John Adams
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