Hush Profound from Chamber Symphony (2012)
For Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, and Alto Saxophone
Premiered by Andrew Schlaf and Christopher Newport University musicians on March 17, 2013 at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, VA.
Hush Profound belongs to a larger work entitled Chamber Symphony. The piece acts as a movement of the symphony. Each movement is representative of a superhero from the Justice League.
Hush Profound chronicles the hero the Green Lantern. In the mythology of the character the Green Lantern belongs to a corps of similar heroes with the same abilities from different planets all across the galaxy. Each of these corps members has a specific oath that they state. The blanket standard oath is:
“In the brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!”
One such hero, Rot Lop Fan, resides on a planet that lacks the sense of sight. Thus his oath is entirely different due to the lack of eyesight.
“In loudest din or hush profound
My ears catch evil’s slightest sound
Let those who toll out evil’s knell
Beware my power, the F-Sharp Bell!”
Movement one introduces the primary melodic motif representative of these heroes. The movement is a short fugal introduction without too much variation before the movement ends.
The final movement of the work is a high octane finally. Each instrumentalist has an independent, highly active line that while unique, fuse together succinctly, like the corps themselves.
-Chris Lamb, November 2012