Sins of the Old Testament composed by Rodney Money (b. 1978) for Violin, Clarinet, Bassoon, Tuba, Claves (or Cowbell), and Hand Drum (ex. congas, bongos, djembes, etc.)
"Sins of the Old Testament" describes three bible stories taken verse by verse from the Bible. The verses are listed below by order of musical movement. The composition is based on set theory and is in three movements. Set theory isolates a group of pitches by treating them as equals. In most cases, there is no tonal center in set theory, but instead the composition was conceived by going through transpositions, inversions, and retrogrades of the sets creating new sounds. The attempt was to create music that sounded ancient because historians do not know exactly what the music sounded like in Biblical times. Each movement begins a new set. The notes in the set were chosen specifically to describe the atmosphere giving backdrop to each story. Even though there are many solos in this composition, the composer creates new instruments when he combines them together in unison to create a new voice to the ear of the listener.
I Samuel 28: 7-25 (I. King Saul and the Witch)05%20Sins%20of%20the%20Old%20Testament_%20King%20Saul%20and%20the%20Witch.mp3
II Samuel 11: 1-27, 12:14 (II. David and Bathsheba)06%20Sins%20of%20the%20Old%20Testament_%20David%20and%20Bathsheba.mp3
Exodus 32:4 (III. Dance of the Golden Calf)07%20Sins%20of%20the%20Old%20Testament_%20Dance%20of%20the%20Golden%20Calf.mp3
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