In March, my sacred piece Dayspring was performed by the modern-dance ensemble Dance Currents in Boston. Like many of my pieces, Dayspring uses music to explore, express, and bring to life concepts central to the Christian faith. Thus, it's an example of "theopoetics."
The program note (below) provides an initial grounding for the ways the piece attempts to do this. But the theological work happens in live performance - in this case, through both the music and Kathy Hassinger's choreography.
PROGRAM NOTE: "Dayspring", an archaic word for "sunrise", is used in the King James Version of the Bible both literally and as a metaphor for Christ. Though every sunrise brings with it the possibility of both joy and sorrow, we are reminded in the Colossians 1:17 that Christ is “before all things, and in him all things hold together”. Musically, the piece explores the mystery of Christ’s reconciliation by juxtaposing and eventually integrating musical ideas that range in mood from ecstatic to mournful.
Video coming soon!