"As wave drives wave,
And each, pursued,
Pursues the next."
As wave drives wave is an a capella choral
setting of memorable lines by Ovid which he in turn drew from
Pythagoras' The Eternal Flux. The motion of the waves and their
restless renewal is used as a metaphor for the certainty of
perpetual change in the universe.
In this setting the text has been adapted and personalised. The
imagery in the text is very beautiful and possibly even a little
melancholy - or maybe granitic and philosophical and hence,
sadness is irrelevant.
The piece is based on slow-moving harmony with sequences of
overlapping and interlocking chords - as if suspensions or waves
pushing waves. The work is an eight part SATB setting but a lot
of the work is really in four parts with pairs of voices starting
in unison and then splitting.
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