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Gregory W. Brown: Missa Charles Darwin (As Featured in the Novel "Origin" by Dan Brown)

Release Date: 09/29/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: NV6126  
Composer:  Gregory W. Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Around the world, millions of readers eagerly await the impending release of the new thriller ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Da Vinci Code.’ According to Brown, the initial spark of inspiration for his highly anticipated novel struck him when he first heard a provocative piece of classical music entitled Missa Charles Darwin — a piece composed by award-winning composer Gregory W. Brown, who also happens to be the author’s brother. The composition is featured at a crucial moment in the ‘Origin’ narrative.

Missa Charles Darwin, was written for Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and is structured on the standard liturgical Mass. Brown painstakingly translated DNA
Read more sequences and markers into musical phrases set to texts by Charles Darwin.  In doing so, Brown simultaneously commemorates the scientist’s genius while interrogating the relationship between faith and reason.

“For some listeners Missa Charles Darwin might seem inherently subversive,” adds Gregory W. Brown, “but that can be part of the conversation. It doesn’t take anything away from religion to also celebrate Charles Darwin.”

All of Gregory’s proceeds from this release are being donated to musical education charities including Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, and the International Society for Music Education.
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Works on This Recording

Missa Charles Darwin by Gregory W. Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Length: 22 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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