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Passion's Progress

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PASSION'S PROGRESS is a symphonic work that traces the development of a passionate romantic relationship, with all its emotional ups and downs. Orchestration by Gareth Price. The Rumanian State Orchestra of Iasi, conducted by Corneliu Calistru. 
10 tracks. 53 minutes.

Movements on the CD
You can hear selected pieces by clicking on the highlighted titles below.

1.  'Longing' is about the yearning for a deep romantic relationship before it has actually begun. It represents hope over experience. The experience of maturity may suggest that the idea of a passionate and enduring romantic attachment may be an illusion, but the hope of finding it continues to linger wistfully in the background of one's thoughts and feelings. It is a dark shadow longing to be dispelled by the light. (6:22)

2. 'The Chase' is about the pursuit of love. You meet someone, and see the possibility of a romantic attachment. You pursue it, but it may be elusive - at least for a while. There is a restless ache of yearning as the new focus of your romantic imagination seems to recede as you try to get closer. You wonder whether the strategy of your pursuit is the right one. Are you making a fool of yourself? Have you blown your chances by appearing too eager; too ardent? Suddenly you have become self-conscious again - something you thought you had left behind when you emerged from adolescence. You become awkward and uncertain. Perhaps your feelings will not be reciprocated. But you are compelled to continue the pursuit. (4:53)

3.  'Together' reflects the joyous, spring-in-the-step feeling of being in the company of a new-found love. Everything takes on a new perspective. Suddenly everything and anything is possible. All experience is heightened through having found someone to share it with. (3:11)

4. 'Doubt' is about the undermining of passion by negative thoughts and perceptions, or by circumstances that intervene to disrupt the relationship. The exhilaration of the initial romantic encounter gives way to doubt. Suddenly there are second thoughts. You realise that there is a lot you do not know about your new love, whose previous existence begins to interfere. The past, in the form of previous and ongoing attachments, and the habits and values of a lifetime, begin to raise questions about compatibility. There may be jealousy, because you cannot possess or wipe away the other's past life - that part of their life which has been lived without you. (4:50)

5. In 'Dreaming', you have returned to the state of wistful imaginings. You have tasted passion, or at least the promise of it, and caught a glimpse of how things could be in an ideal world, where one's passion is reciprocated and there is someone with whom to share experience. But will it become a reality, or is it just wishful thinking on your part? (5:36)

6. In 'Fusion', things finally start to come together. Different and apparently opposing ideas, tastes, perceptions and values rub against each other before they begin to interweave. Thesis and antithesis meet to create a new symbiosis. Two separate halves come together to form a whole. Bodies and souls entwine. Contradictions are reconciled and recognised as complementary aspects of a dynamic relationship. (7:40)

7. 'The Promise' is about making a commitment to one another. You believe that you are meant for each other and the time comes when you both have to realise the responsibilities that this brings with it. The mood is essentially solemn, as a sacred vow must be. (6:45)

8. In 'Apart', the love you have for each other has become mutual and secure, but circumstances may force a temporary parting of the ways. The days and nights yawn endlessly in a melancholy void until you are reunited with the one that completes your existence; the one without whom you are only half a person. (5:56)

9. 'The Betrothal' says everything in its title. Two souls are formally joined together in the eyes of the world. It may be through the traditional wedding ceremony, or in a ritual of their own making. (4:37)

10. 'Coming Home' represents the relationship coming to maturity. If the union is blessed, the intense passion gives way to a more settled form of contentment. The restlessness and the pain and the ecstasy of passion are replaced by a more steady and subdued source of pleasure. You have become comfortable with each other, and there is an enduring feeling of tenderness between you. (5:34)

Other musical works:
Child of the Earth | Millennium Suite | Passion's Progress | Claire Moore

 

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