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

Release Date: 09/29/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6126  
Composer:  Gregory W. Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Polyphony
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Limited Edition: Signed by Gregory & Dan Brown

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
Read more the standard liturgical Mass. Brown painstakingly translated DNA 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. 

Customer Reviews

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 unexpected and welcome November 10, 2017 By Peter T. D. (Jersey City, NJ) See All My Reviews ""Missa Charles Darwin" turns out to be nothing like what a Dan Brown reader would be likely to care for. It's a work for unaccompanied male quartet (ATBB) and has next to nothing to do with a "mass" except that the movements are approximately proportional in length to those of a mass, and the words of the Kyrie are incorporated into the first movement. {Plus an "Alleluia" is thrown in.) Each of the movements begins with a chant-like line; then the harmony is sometimes homophonic (a touch of organum), sometimes polyphonic, Palestrina-like; what it's most reminiscent of is Schoenberg's "Friede auf Erden," in its generous use of dissonance with occasional alighting on major chords. The recording was made almost exactly four years ago but released only now. The "special edition" signed by both Browns means that in the oversize cardboard box there's a postcard-like card that's signed." Report Abuse
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