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The End of Humanism

For Orchestra

The medium of this piece is a nineteenth century orchestra because it was commissioned by the Arapahoe Philharmonic to be premiered alongside Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  Exploring possibilities of freedom and order with contemporary sonic gesture and nineteenth century musical syntax, The End of Humanism stands in austere counterpoint to the apotheosis of high-flung Aufklärung ideals famously represented in Beethoven’s ninth.  This dialectic of individual freedom against ordered hierarchy, inspired by Theodore Adorno’s Philosophy of Modern Music, manifests in the work as a struggle between melodic expressionist trope and aggressive rhythmic gesture.