Aaron Jay Myers

Composer

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We Are The Things That Were And Shall Be Again

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We Are The Things That Were and Shall Be Again - 1st page.jpg
We Are The Things That Were and Shall Be Again - Cover & 1st page.jpg
We Are The Things That Were and Shall Be Again - 1st page.jpg

We Are The Things That Were And Shall Be Again

14.00

bass clarinet, tuba, & percussion - ca. 6’11”

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For a very long time, I have been fascinated by the occult and the macabre. This interest manifests itself in my music, often serving as inspiration during the composition process. It has resulted in pieces based on mystical and alchemical ideas, and an unofficial demon series based on various ancient demons, creatures, and spirits. I am also a fan of cult and classic horror films. We Are The Things That Were and Shall Be Again is titled after a phrase said by a possessed character in Sam Raimi’s classic film Evil Dead 2. In the film, evil spirits of the dead are accidentally summoned by reciting words from the book of the dead known as the Necronomicon. The spirits desperately want to live again, but can only manifest physical form by possessing the living. When asked to compose for tuba, bass clarinet, and percussion, I was excited by the interesting sonic possibilities that can be created with this unique ensemble. Not only was I inspired by the idea of evil spirits struggling to exist again in the physical world, but I also felt drawn to the title because of the other ways I could interpret it. These include the idea of the oppressed rising up from bondage to overthrow their oppressors, and certain instruments (such as tuba) coming out of the background and into the foreground.

We Are The Things That Were and Shall Be Again was written for Aaron Hynds, and composed during September and October of 2016.

Aaron Jay Myers (Oct. 16, 2016)

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