Enfilony: Genesis

Brent Straughan

Enfilony: Genesis
Performed By Brent Straughan
Album UPC 829982094438
CD Baby Track ID 2311294
Label Sun-Owl Ltd.
Released 2007-01-01
BPM 131
Rated 0
ISRC casm20600009
Year 2007
Spotify Plays 11
Writer Brent Straughan
Pub Co Sun-Owl Productions Ltd
Composer Brent Straughan
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country CANADA - Ontario


Classically styled tonal, orchestral and choral music.


Song of Flanders

Cut 1: "The Blessing of Remembrance" is a reflective look at Philippians 4:7 "The peace of the Lord be yours and remain with you, now and forever" - a common liturgical blessing. I added the words "Bless them Lord, bless this love, bless the families, bless the fallen, grant them rest, grant them peace." I chose as soloists a young lyric coloratura soprano, Megan Skidmore, and a grandfatherly bass, Bill Kelly, as I wanted to physically reinforce the idea that the fathers and husbands of the time, were away at war, or missing. Philharmonia Bulgarica is conducted by Valeri Vatchev, choir mistress Sofia Byrdarska.

Movement II -is dedicated to my Uncle Max Saville, the first Allied soldier to land in Sicily, and is my setting of "In Flanders Fields". I imagine a fife and drum leading a regiment over the hill towards us. As the drums draw nearer, we realize many of the men are wounded; there is a darkness and grim determination about. When the orchestra joins in, the march takes on an "asymmetrical" sighing quality. The strings enter with a sort of New Orleans "dead march". The first voices we hear are the altos, imitating the regimental snare drums, at last a solo tenor states my main "faux-Celtic" theme. My big Bulgarian basses join in singing right down to their boots on low D's. When we reach the part of the poem where larks flutter vulnerably over the battlefield, I thought that while flying a kite, you must tug on the string periodically so the kite swoops upwards to the rhythm of the winds. I shaped the soprano line in a similar sort of scalloped way. At the words "We are the dead". The choir's singing becomes "sprechtstimme" (sung speech) I had a real need to stop the action and claw "the larks" immediately to earth. Gradually the theme is released and drifts upwards as the poet reminisces about the gift of living. When McCrae hurls his "curse", ("If ye break faith with us who die"....) I divided the musical ideas in two. First the men hurl the curse as strongly as they can, then the women join in with a supplication, a distinct qualification, moving in simple block harmonies as generations of hymns have done ("To you from failing hands....") The initial theme returns, and moves upwards to a new key. The regimental drums reprise, the march of the wounded returns more urgently, we rise to a grand climax; the sort, composers love to write. The sopranos shriek sextuplets at the top of their range -admirably done by the Bulgarian sopranos who neither complained about the altitude nor the difficulties, but simply triumphed over them. The timpanist has an absolutely glorious time. If you ever hear this live, sit near the timpanist, or at least watch him go!

Our fife leads the retreat from final glory over the hill and far away. There is still a bit of mischief and play in an old soldier, despite all he has seen and done. John McCrae believed one could triumph over evil if you could simply stamp it out. I cannot share the poet's belief. I cannot glory at the destruction of anyone; and at this point our ideas must part ways, but I can at least put forward a fervent musical wish that human nature might one day change enough that we would no longer see the need to periodically destroy one other. When my son was 8 he asked me "Why is there war?". I said "The business of war is death". He replied, "Then the business of piece is friendship".

Studio: I studio of Bulgarian National Radio

Philharmonia Bulgarica conducted by Valeri Vatchev
Philharmonia Bulgarica Choir choirmistress: Sofia Byrdarska
Music Producer: Christo Pavlov

Recording team:
Dimityr Dimitrov
Valentin Ivanov
Rumen Enchev

Computer sound engineer:Pavel Boliarski

Mixing and Editing:

Valeri Vatchev
Christo Pavlov
Pavel Boliarski

Soloists: /The Blessing/
Megan Skidmore, Bill Kelly

I Violins

Galina Kojcheva - koncertmeister
Maria Kirova
Christo Andreev
Kalina Velinova
Emilia Tsekova
Teodora Konstantinova
Dorian Molhov
Julia Kazarska
Dora Kehajova
Maria Kyncheva
Ivan Krystev
Viliana Vrangova

II Violins

Milush Pironski
Rossen Kazandjiev
Maria Madoleva
Diana Koleva
Gergana Alexieva
Zvetelina Popova
Mladen Stoianov
Sofia Neicheva


Georgi Stoianov
Assia Stoianova
Albena Christova
Iana Stoianova
Alexandrina Ignatova
Ralica Kazandjieva
Iliana Koleva


Nikola Damianov - koncertmeister
Petyr Petrov
Iolanta Delibozova
Marina Hinova
Janina Dimitrova
Emil Dimitrov

Contra Basses:

Margarita Kalcheva
Georgi Shokov
Borislav Simeonov
Irina Komitska

Kremena Acheva

Oboe, Cor Anglais
Kalin Panaiotov

Dancho Radevski

Alexander Sarandev
Martin Stoianov

French Horns
Christo Tsachev
Jeko Atanasov

Petyr Dobrinov
Stoian Stoianov

Atanas Karafezliev

Kiril Petrov

Stoian Pavlov
Dobri Paliev

Valentin Dervenski

Choir of Philharmonia Bulgarica
Choir Mistress:
Sofia Byrdarska

Choir members:

Donka Banska
Nikolina Pankova
Snezhanka Karoleeva
Marinka Aleksandrova
Violeta Katsory
Hriska Markova
Daniela Milenova
Angelina Lambrinova
Plamena Zlateva
Rositsa Panaiotova
Budinka Popova
Flora Tarpomanova
Rositsa Georgieva
Rada Nosikova
Asia Shopova
Yolanta Vangelova
Neli Bojkova
Snezhina Bogdanova
Neli Germanova
Irina Raycheva
Lilia Marinova
Blagovesta Tsvetkova
Elene Vatralova
Elena Galinova
Milena Yatsino
Kremena Borisova
Katya Ananievska-Bandeva
Marieta Todorova-Doneva
Maria Semova
Sonia Zoneva
Dmitriy Gamburtsev
Boian Vassilev
Plamen Papazikov
Orlin Cholakov
Orlin Kamenov
Tzvetomir Hristov
Vasia Krastev
Konstantin Yzvetkov
Stefan Boyadjiev
Ivan Usunov
Bogomil Spirov
Aleksandar Lalov
Dancho Istilianov
Vasil Sokolov
Yosif Gerdzhikov
Vladimir Stoianov
Emil Ezekiev
Georgi Georgiev
Vassil Antov
Mladen Mladenov
Stanislav Kirov
Petar Imov
Anton Radev
Robert Hristov
Alexandar Nossikov
Yulian Perikliev
Petar Petrov
Valentin Yonchev
Atanas Madzharov
Stefan Sablev

Cuts 3-8: "Light's Edge"- a one act ballet

Première: the National Ballet of Canada 1990 Silver Medal Winner, New
York Film Festival 1991

Choreographer: Donald Dawson Soloists: Maurice Causey,
Victoria Bertram'
Corps: Sally-Anne Hickin, claire vince, Stephanie Landry, Naomi Stikeman,
Désirée Zurowski
Stephen Legate, David Meinke, Alexander Ritter, James Taylor, Paul Winston
Dedicated to the memory of Connor J.S. Wright

LIGHT'S EDGE evokes a journey of spiritual enlightenment, transcending
corporeal cares and boundaries. During the journey, lower nature and fears
are transmuted into positive higher creations. A terminally ill boy
overcomes the 'illusion' of death and is able to live 'with one foot on
earth and one in heaven'.

LIGHT'S EDGE évoque un voyage spirituel qui transcende la matière
corporelle et ses limites, en transformant la vile nature craintive en
créatures positive et élevées. Un garçon malade triomphe de 'l'illusion'
de la mort et peut vivre 'un pied sur terre et l'autre dans les airs'.

AM RAND DES LICHTES ruft eine Reise geistlicher Aufklärung hervor, daß
greifbare Sorgen und Grenzen übertrifft. Während dieser Reise werden
primitive Angstgefühle in positive, höhere Schöpfung umgewandelt. Ein
sterbenskranker junge überwindet die 'illusion' ses Todes un kann, 'mit
einem Fuß auf der Erde und mit dem anderen im Himmel' leben'.

LIGHT'S EDGE Choral Text
Soprano Boy: Brendan Ryan Widdowson

I know you're out there,
I can see, a splendour lights you so.
The pain is gone, now take me
With you, where children go.
I won't cry, when I die.
Help my parents see I'm free,
I know you love me,
Will you tell us stories of your world?
I don't know the way there
I will take your hand and be strong.

"God created music, so that one might pray without words."

Cuts 9-20 "Enfilony" - an environmental film-symphony for large orchestra, chorus, multi screen film, tape, aromas and pollution devices.

The journey from entropy to order and ...? The orchestra is seated under a large screen, four images play overhead. There is a chorus in the audience. The journey begins when the world is young and man has not appeared. Upon the arrival of man, music is created and rhythms and melodies make sense to us. Gradually voices interrupt one another tension rises and chaos reigns. When the screen images can no longer be followed, delicate forest aromas become industrial pollutants, music disintegrates. The world ceases. The chorus arises and sings a hymn to mankind. Mankind hears it not, and again the world is gone. A sole soprano represents the survival of hope.

Beneath the timeless bread of universal chaos, man sandwiches his endeavours, and God orders his universe.

Le Grand Orchestra de Radio - Télé-Luxembourg Chef d'orchestre: Victor Feldbrill O.C. Concert Master: Francis Rosner Members of the Festival Singers of Canada Chorus Master: Albert Greer
Alto Solo: Janet Obermeyer Baritone: Allen Stewart-Coates
Réalisateur du son: Felix Margue Ingénieur du son: Jean - Louis Brassens, Mike Jones Assistants: Jeannot Mersch, Ed Stone, Otto Hanus
Administration fu service musical: Edgard Kauffman

Cut 21"Piano Adage" 1:56 : Credit theme for the CBC TV and Cineflics Ltd. film "Reaching Out" - about the coming of age of a disabled teen.
Petrof 14' grand, Sounds Interchange Toronto, pianist: Bruce Harvey

Cut 22"Postlude & Lament" 8:02 Composed the day before my father's funeral, performed here by Christopher Dawes on the 4,968 pipe 67 stop, 87 rank Walker/Casaventes organ of the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto. Engineer: William Van Ree.

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