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Catalogue des Errances Bibliques

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Catalogue des Errances Bibliques : Symphony in no need of an orchestra, for two keyboards [eScore] / Michael Kieran Harvey.

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2018)


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"You can't run a country

By a book of religion

Not by a heap

Or a lump or a smidgeon

Of foolish rules

Of ancient date

Designed to make

You all feel great

While you fold, spindle

And mutilate

Those unbelievers

From a neighbouring state"

Frank Zappa, "Dumb All Over" (1981)

It came as a delicious and furtive surprise to me as an 8-year-old altar boy to discover that Christ's blood tasted, apparently, the same as the Woodley's Cream Sherry I found in the sacristy. This set me wondering about the veracity of the contents of the Bible, something that Catholics are instructed to believe is the infallible word of God. It takes a certain type of dogged personality to be willing to sift through such a text for either fallibilities or infallibilities - most Christians simply accept what clerics tell them is in the bible and get on with their busy lives.
Happily, C. Dennis McKinsey devoted much of his life and his energies as a broadcaster to the task of uncovering "biblical errancy", and his forensic book The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy (Prometheus Books, 1995) is the result. In the spirit of the musical The Book of Mormon (Parker/Lopez/Stone, 2011) and with an affectionate nod to Messiaen's Catalogue d'Oiseaux (1958), Catalogue des Errances Bibliques whimsically reinterprets each of the 25 chapters of The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy as a homage to its punctilious author. In keeping with McKinsey's low-budget resourcefulness, Catalogue des Errances Bibliques is scored not for symphony orchestra, but for two nondescript keyboards.

There is also a re-interpretation of the work for nondescript keyboards and percussion. The text Bible Stories was composed specifically for this version by Dr Arjun von Caemmerer. (MKH).

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 digital (PDF) facsimile score (117p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic, highly synchronised execution required

Duration: 30 mins

Contents note:

1. The Bible’s chaotic composition -- 2. Jesus Christ? -- 3. God's Word? -- 4. Contradictions -- 5. Historicity of Jesus? -- 6. Jesus’ Birth? -- 7. Deceptiveness of Jesus-- 8. Second Coming of Jesus?-- 9. Bible characters-- 10. Injustice -- 11. Science or Creationism -- 12. Belief in Miracles -- 13. Anti-Semitism -- 14. Intolerance and anti-intellectualism -- 15. Fake Prophecies -- 16. Predestination versus Free Will -- 17. Forty Bible Errors -- 18. Bible Creation Conflicts -- 19. Saturday or Sunday? -- 20. Mixed-up Paul -- 21. Fake Bible News -- 22. Peter, Paul and Jesus conflicted -- 23. Control by the Elite -- 24. Other Holy Books -- 25. Life after Biblical Errancy.

Dedicated to Timothy Young

Commissioned by Timothy Young.

First performance by Timothy Young, Michael Kieran Harvey — 25 May 19. Performance also including student performers, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne

Includes programme notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Jazz-rock, "avant-pop", alternative rock genres: Spike Jones, Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Eastern European rock.

Typeset edition.

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