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Creative Approach

The Rosary—a beaded prayer meditation that originated in the ancient monk’s Psalter—is the template of this new, interpretive work. 

Four Concerts with Dueling Choruses: The glorious saga will unfold in a series of four orchestral concerts with dueling choruses: 

  1. Act I: The Joyful Mysteries
  2. Act II: The Luminous Mysteries
  3. Act III: The Sorrowful Mysteries
  4. Act IV: The Glorious Mysteries

Each act will feature five prominent events in the lives of Jesus Christ and His mother, Mary. The Scripture will come alive as it is sung in dynamic mini-dramas that progressively reveal the Divine Presence and power of Jesus Christ as He teaches His Way of Peace—despite growing opposition.

The drama will feature a host of biblical characters, supported by three choruses: the Angels of God, the Rebellious Angels, and the Community of Saints. 

Musically, neoromantic tones will form the palette for the beautiful, lyrical compositions. The rich poetic text will be accompanied by sensitive musical expressions to draw forth sub-themes of love, anguish, deep sorrow, and joy, while sharp recitativos will punctuate the drama in clever word plays. Mystical polyphonic choruses will provide a supernatural cocoon of sound, effectively wrapping the escalating drama within a sacred context.

The beautiful tonality of the piece will also provide a bed of music underlying the meditative intervals of spoken New Testament narrative. Twenty languages of the world will be interwoven with the narrative, forming the first part of the repetitive Ave Maria prayer sequences. 

Spoken in a solo voice, the languages will provide a texture to the drama, as well as a global resonance. Latin will be used throughout as a consistent, unifying element in the Ave Maria choral responses. The combination of the representative languages and the Latin choral responses will provide for a uniformity of tone, while creating an interesting palette of audible human expression. 

Ideally, The Rosary for World Peace will be performed using a multi-media theatrical presentation created by integrating ancient, iconic Christian imaging; organic-styled light writing of texts; stylized video imaging; special effects; simple costumes; and symbolic props and staging. These elements will add a contemporary relevance to the work. By incorporating  theatrical technologies within the context of sung and spoken ancient Scriptures, the audience will be immersed in a cathartic, experiential performance. 

The Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Scourging at the Pillar

Duet—Mary and Pharisee Nicodemus

Pharisee Nicodemus
Weeping she hath wept in the Night,
her tears were on her cheeks:
There is None to Comfort her.
(La 1:2)

Mary
Lord, when wilt Thou Look Upon me?
Rescue Thou My Soul from their Malice:
My Only One from The Lions.
(Ps 34:17)