On the Nature of Things (After Lucretius)

Henry Brant

Performing Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

This piece takes as its point of departure the following passage from De Rerum Natura, by the Roman poet Lucretius.

"Then, you must know, did the earth first give forth generations of mortal creatures. For much heat and moisture did then abound in the fields; therefore, whenever a suitable place was found, wombs would grow attached to the earth by roots; and when in the fullness of time, the infants fleeing the wet and seeking the air, had opened these wombs, nature would turn to that spot the pores of the earth and make it discharge from these opened veins a liquid like unto milk.. Earth gave food for the children, her warmth gave them raiment, her grasses a bed with abundance of down rich and soft. Wherefore again and again the earth deserves the name of mother... But because she must have some limit to her bearing, she ceased, like a woman worn out by the length of her years. For time changes the nature of the whole universe, and one state of things must pass into another, and nothing remains as it was.

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On The Nature Of Things - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Composition Date 1956
Duration 14:00
Orchestration 3 1 2 2 - 1 0 0 0; Glsp., Hp. Str.(unison vln., vla., vcl.) (optional added parts: Fl. Bsn. Pno. Cb.)
Premiere 18th August, 1956. Bennington, VT.

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