Music 81: In the beginning was the Word


I’m having a break from creating something new. This is the beginning of a longer commissioned work (43 minutes) based on the Gospel of Saint John, that I composed a little time back.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

39 thoughts on “Music 81: In the beginning was the Word

  1. Yvonne

    You are a man of may talents, Bruce Almighty. I hope you find the rest of it.

    (Some years ago, I was a member of a community choral group. Our director composed a piece based on this Gospel. It was difficult to sing, but so beautiful.)

  2. exiledprospero

    Can you be decommissioned, I wonder?

    Mind you, I was moved to tears (but then again I suffer from psychosis of the ear drums).

    A little more like John Cage Meets Philip Glass than the Gospel of Saint John–but I’m still groovin’.

      1. Susanne

        The music is rather apocalyptic sounding. But it also makes me think of a movie soundtrack – a thriller of some kind. I hope you find the rest. I’d like to hear it.

            1. Cynthia Jobin

              I don’t hear bombs in this composition (nor see them in the photo)….au contraire, mon frΓ¨re…. And I don’t hear Glass or Cage or the apocalypse, either; I hear poetry in it. But what do I know…..

                1. Cynthia Jobin

                  Indeed it would. All my long life I have puzzled over that “In the beginning was the word…” business, and I still can’t put a meaning to it that makes any sense to me! When I was an adolescent I remember writing a poem that began: “In the beginning was the background…” πŸ™‚

                  1. Bruce Goodman Post author

                    I understand it thus: think of the powerful creative force of words – which is what happens when someone writes a poem. If I say “purple cow” to a class of 23 students, I have created 23 purple cows, albeit only in their heads. It can also destroy. In the beginning was the word… And no doubt the experts would parallel it with Genesis: God SAID…
                    I like “In the beginning was the background”! With music I always told the students, in the beginning is silence… and now we’re going to arrange sound in it.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank Andrea. I was googling about “How to cook a blade steak” and your comment of “Haunting, mysterious, then playful” came up. It took me a while to work out! It’s still very early in the morning here!

  3. Cynthia Guenther Richardson

    A fine wonder. I have found your blog via Derrick Knight’s, that lovely person. Now I have found another blog, delightful and insightful and sonorous (at least this one)–how fortunate for me! The music caught me and I followed. Looking forward to more various posts. Best regards.


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