orchestra | 2012
MU University Philharmonic;
conductor, Edward Dolbashian
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"Wisdom's Voice: A Prayer for the Suffering" is the composer's musical divulgence of a spiritual journey; a personal journey filled with pain and struggle which eventually gave rise to humbly accepting God's sustaining Wisdom.
The world is a malevolent place and mankind is constantly driven to seek control and understanding of its chaotic nature. A man's desire to strike his own path in life or be rid of the hardships that wound him can become so strong that it blinds his heart in the face of he believes to be his own happiness. He wallows in ignorance and pain; vengefully bitter towards that which harms him and yet too afraid to seek comforting Wisdom from outside of his torturous, yet familiar, refuge of suffering. He brainwashes himself in believing he is truly in control of his unstable life. He attempts to find solace in physical things or imperfect concepts. He tries to make perfect anything that seems to give him a temporary moment of happiness. All of these attempts fail. Eventually he convinces himself that the suffering he endures is what is meant to be. The desire he struggles with becomes an incessant torment; a satanic laughter from beyond the shadows...
...But hope remains, for as the man desperately fights in a vicious dichotomy of yearning and futility, a Voice is at all times calling out to him; pleading for his ear to be lent. Truly, does he hear this divine call. Truly, does he feel it resound in his heart. Slowly, ever so slowly, does he begin to understand the loving words of this guiding Wisdom's Voice; the Voice of God.
"Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words: 'How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.'” (Proverbs 1:20-23; NKJV)
"Wisdom's Voice: A Prayer for the Suffering" was premiered on March 5, 2012 in Missouri Theatre at the annual University of Missouri's Chancellor's Concert. Edward Dolbashian conducted the University Philharmonic for this performance. This piece was commissioned by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation as a result of the Sinquefield Prize; a composition contest created by the Mizzou New Music Initiative, founded by Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield.
Piccolo (Flute 3), 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, 2 Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 4 Horns, 3 Bb Trumpets, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Piano, Strings
March 5, 2012
Missouri Theatre, Columbia, MO
University Philharmonic (University of Missouri)
Edward Dolbashian, conductor