This version is intended to reflect different perspectives and explanations for the Methuselah story/myth, with Musical allegories for time, specific numbers, and biblical tales.
DELIBERATE MUSICAL ALLEGORIES IN MY STAGE 2 VERSION EXPLAINED
(The origins of the numbers encoded in my version stems from the Methuselah story/myth and different Bible text interpretations, described further below...)
*Early reference to time passing, from musical water drop symbolism (harp notes, timed to the original audio file.)
*References to four Seasons in a single harp note, preceding the reference to twelve Months, still divided into four Seasons. (harp & tubular bells)
*These numeric allegories are also representing various inconclusive perceptions/assumptions regarding Biblical translations in general.
*Hidden reference to 696! (full span of track length and intervals)
*Choice of instrumentation to reflect the mythological era
*Further prophetic references to Divine connection, and to the Great Flood (choir phrases, and end soundscape)
DESCRIPTION OF THE NUMBERS INVOLVED WITH THE METHUSELAH STORY/MYTH, WITH PERSONAL DISCLAIMER:
Most of what I read on the subject was on various internet sites, and I don't personally trust any of them as final authorities on the subject, you hear??
Furthermore, I am not a Christian, myself, but I do find some of the Biblical texts intriguing nevertheless. Especially if interpreting the texts allegorically.
According to http://www.icr.org/article/how-did-methuselah-die/,
the name "Methuselah", (the son of Enoch, according to e.g. the Bible, Genesis), means "When he dies, judgement,", and It also seems that "Cornwall and Stelman Smith, The Dictionary of Bible Names" claims that the name means "Man of the dart/spear", or alternatively "His death shall bring judgment", as described in the Wikipedia article on Methuselah. (believe it or not)
His age described as 696 years (in e.g. the King James Bible version) has been debated, with different interpretations, such as "Years" suggested by some as potentially being a misinterpretation.
(Other interpretations for the 696 include Months, Seasons, Solar Years, etc...)
This info all ties into my own version of the original "Methuselah" theme.
So to wrap that all up, should I trust specific Bible translations blindly (or what others claim to be true about it), or should I trust Wikipedia blindly?
That said, I think allegories are fun!
Traditional film scoring is full of musical allegories too, I've learned.
1. My latest composing contest submission generated in a winner.
The name of that promo short-film scoring for the Versilian Studios contest was "Seasons".
2. My first ever scoring project many years ago included a composition that representing coming full-circle. (as encoded in the composition)
According to the Samaritan Torah, Methuselah lived in 720 years, which would be something like full circle, and all over again. (720 degrees, duh)
Coincidences in life in general sometimes are stranger than this, I feel...
Original Theme title: Methuselah
(by currently undisclosed original composer, all solo strings)
Original theme number: #266
Additional arranging, composing, and editing-mixing-mastering by Fredrik Park
Side note: My six submissions for the "Stage 1" (Themes ideas)
More info that I wrote about he Embertone Composing Contest:
Copyright info (by Embertone):
Theme writers own their creations.
Arrangers share ownership of their rendition with the theme writer.
This version and additional versions also aimed for licensing (hopefully).
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