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Crescat Scientia; Vita Excolatur (2021)

For carillon

Composed for the inauguration ceremony of President Paul Alivisotos at the University of Chicago.
First performance on Friday, October 29, 2021 by Joey Brink, Joseph Min, Emily Kim, and João Francisco Shida at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Duration: 4 minutes and 30 seconds

Note:
4 players (8 hands and 2 feet) (with many additional players joining in as composition accumulates) 72 bells, F-compass.

Live unedited world-premiere performance by Joey Brink, Joseph Min, Emily Kim, and João Francisco Shida with 7 assistants for the penultimate chord

 

Live world-premiere performance on October 29, 2021 by Joey Brink, Joseph Min, Emily Kim, and João Francisco Shida with 7 assistants for the penultimate chord.

 

LIVE Inside the Bell Tower’s Carillon Playing Chamber

PROGRAM NOTE

In honor of President Paul Alivisatos, the title of this four-minute and thirty second greeting for carillon comes from the University’s coat of arms which bears a phoenix emerging from the flames with Latin motto: “Crescat Scientia; Vita Excolatur:” “Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.” The penultimate, culminating sound of the composition is a unique, dramatic, resounding, optimistic, and symbolic chord comprised of all 72 bells of our carillon rung simultaneously. With their resonance rippling outward into the air, the swinging bells gradually diminish, fading into silence.

PROGRAM BOOK LISTING

Crescat Scientia; Vita Excolatur (2021)     Augusta Read Thomas (1964)
For 8 hands and 2 feet playing Carillon

 

Paul Alivisatos
 

Joey Brink. Photo Credit: Erielle Bakkum
 

The final chord: All 72 bells simultaneously rung. photo credit: Anne Ryan

To obtain examination or performance material for this
Augusta Read Thomas work, please contact Nimbus Music Publishing.