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Journey of the Spirit

Erik-Peter Mortensen with CD Baby on December 31, 2012 01:22

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Erik-Peter developed Journey of the Spirit as one of his assignments for Orchestration I, part of several courses needed to complete his Master Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV offered by Berklee College of Music's online extension. The 8 bar melody first heard in the oboe was given to the class by our instructor, Pinar Tobrak, and written by Berklee professor Ben Newhouse. it was up to Mr. Mortensen to arrange it in some combination of woodwinds and strings. He took the melody and transformed it into a full adagio in the Baroque and Classical style, using similar motifs in the woodwinds to create transitions between subsequent statements of the theme by full strings and then solo flute.

Starting small with harp ostinato and pizzicato bass, the music itself journeys through many transitions, key centers, and harmonic tensions while at the same time following all the principal rules of tonality. The hoped for effect is to represent the journey we each must take in life, where we are rarely at rest and constantly evolving, yet generally retain the same sense of self that we were born with. By the end of the journey, both spiritual, and in this case musical, we have hopefully attained a state of resolution and hope as the journey on earth comes to a conclusion, and more likely, a new beginning in the realm of the divine.


"Adagio" was a tempo indication from Italian literally meaning "at ease" and thus Adagios have come to be performed in a leisurely manner. Many adagios range in expressivity from sorrowful to meditative to inspirational. Some famous adagio's that influenced Journey of the Spirit included Albinoni's Adagio, Bach's Air on a G String, and even Mozart's Laudate Dominum near the conclusion of the work.


1st and 2nd Flutes
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Realized and produced by Mr. Mortensen with various Orchestral Sample Libraries and Digital Audio Workstations.



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