Dallas Chamber Symphony presents Creation of the World
Dallas Chamber Symphony presents Creation of the World, which provides an adventure exploring early 20th century music, including French composer Darius Milhaud’s masterpiece, The Creation of the World, and American composer Charles Ives’ contemplative experiment, The Unanswered Question. A light-hearted and humorous film score by Brian Satterwhite concludes the concert, as the orchestra accompanies a screening of the classic comedy, A Sailor-Made Man, starring Harold Lloyd.
The Creation of the World is an important piece in the classical oeuvre that is known for its integration of jazz elements. It was inspired by jazz music on the streets of Harlem during Milhaud’s visit in the United States in the early 1920’s. The piece was written for and first performed in Paris by the Ballet Suedois in 1923. The ballet is based on African folk mythology.
Ives’ The Unanswered Question is an aleatoric musical narrative told through three groups of instruments performing in independent tempos: the strings representing “The Silence of the Druids,” a solo trumpet poses “The Perennial Question of Existence,” and the woodwinds respond as “Fighting Answerers.”
Ending the concert is a light-hearted and humorous original score written by Brian Satterwhite to the comedy classic film, A Sailor-Made Man. The musical composition, written in 2012, is the first UnSilent film score commissioned by the Dallas Chamber Symphony and was recognized by the Jerry Goldsmith Awards 2013 in the category “Best Free Creation.”