Chaconne for the Death of Love

This was written for the most recent Black House Collective workshop.  As part of the workshop this time we collaborated with the Nelson Atkins Museum's Innovation Lab and presented a concert of original music inspired by their classical antiquity collection.  It was thrilling experience that has led me to a taste for using the already beautiful spaces that exist in Kansas City as a site specific way to make music even more special for the audience.


My piece was inspired by the two statues of the Egyptian god Horus.  They are different in form, one being a sleek stone falcon, the other a seated man with a lion's head.  As I read through the story of Horus, the god of the sky, I was fascinated by the whole story of his conception.  Love, lust, murder, necromancy, incest, grief, all of these and more play a role in his story.  It would make for a great opera.  I was still, though, fascinated by how his representation changed along with his relative "power" in the pantheon changed over the 20 or so centuries of Egyptian history.

As I was writing piece some major changes also took place in my life.  In the end it became a piece about how the end of a life or a relationship isn't an end or a death. These shouldn't be viewed as ends, simply the transformation or transmutation of one set of circumstances to another.  Allowing for the evolution of our self towards the divine, true growth.

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