Destruction du monde

Overview

For his La Création du monde, Milhaud drew inspiration from African creationist legends as he depicts six scenes from the creation of the world. In my own piece I depict six scenes inspired by the account of the destruction of the world by humankind found in the book of Isaiah chapter 24, a passage that I came across in a state of despair when I turned to scripture after former President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1, 2017. The first movement represents humanity defiling God’s creation; the second is the earth drying up and life depleting; the third the gates of a city crumbling; the fourth the floodgates of heaven opening to weep; the fifth a panicked dash from terror, fleeing pits and traps; and the final movement evokes the moon and sun extinguishing while the glory of the Lord remains forever.
 

Listen for

Polystylistic vignettes

Persistence of one melodic

and one rhythmic motif

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