Release Date: September 29, 2017

Catalog #: NV6126

 

 

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Missa Charles Darwin (2011)

Gregory W. Brown

 

1 Introitus; Tropus Ad Kyrie

2 Gloria

3 Alleluia

4 Credo

5 Sanctus

6 Agnus Dei

 

New York Polyphony

Geoffrey Williams Countertenor

Steven Caldicott Wilson Tenor

Christopher Dylan Herbert Baritone

Craig Phillips Bass

 

 

CREDITS

 

Recorded September 30, and October 1, 2013 at American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York NY

 

Session Producer, Engineer & Editing Jens Braun

 

Texts compiled and edited by Craig Phillips

 

Word Tree Concept (Cover) David Croy

 

Photography Daniel Courter

 

New York Polyphony photo Chris Owyoung

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Mastering Shaun Michaud, Lucas Paquette

Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell

Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Scott Feldman

 

 

MISSA CHARLES DARWIN

Vocal music with texts from Charles Darwin

Performed by New York Polyphony

GREGORY W. BROWN

 

 

 

“MISSA CHARLES DARWIN USES THE BEST PRACTICES OF RENAISSANCE POLYPHONY IN SPEAKING TO A MODERN WORLD. IT IS ELEGANT AND RESTRAINED, BUT NEVER BORING. BROWN USES A WHOLLY ORIGINAL APPROACH TOWARD DISSONANCE, TEMPERED IN THE LOGICAL FIRES OF MODAL COUNTERPOINT; — VERY FINE, SERIOUS, AND, I DARE SAY, DEVOUTLY FELT MUSIC.” — ARTHUR GOTTSCHALK

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

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 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.”

 

Dan Brown notes, “I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay between science and religion; ‘Missa Charles Darwin’ is an ingenious fusion of the two, and it immediately captivated me. Missa Charles Darwin got me thinking about evolutionary processes, spiritual views, and the origins of our species and our belief systems.”

 

special edition deluxe package

 

 

Missa Charles Darwin will be released as a special edition deluxe package on September 29th on PARMA Recordings/Navona Records. It will include an all-new remastering of Missa Charles Darwin as well as liner notes, biographies, and excerpts from the Darwin texts featured in the music.

 

A select number of the deluxe packages include a limited edition photograph hand signed by the composer and author.

 

Click here to buy autographed copies, stream, or download.

 

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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