Plagues of Egypt (for orchestra) SCORE AND PARTS

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Plagues of Egypt (for orchestra) SCORE AND PARTS

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As the son of a preacher, I grew up hearing the exciting stories of the Bible. From the Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is replete with several mystic tales. “Plagues of Egypt” is the first of several pieces that will be apart of a larger work entitled, Bible Stories. The narrative of the Jewish people overcoming years of bondage to the Egyptian civilization, and to be freed only after the torment of ten plagues, has been told for thousands of years and is known among people from all walks of life.

The goal of this piece is to recount the tale from the point of view of the Pharaoh, who stubbornly holds the freedom of the Jewish people. With the entrance of each plague, light metallic sounds of the harp, celeste and percussion are coupled with static strings depicting the spirit of God. From the frogs and boils to the swarm of pestilence, Pharaoh refuses let the Jewish people go. Two heavy jabs are used in the orchestra throughout the entirety of the piece to show Pharaoh’s “hardened heart”. It is only with the “Angel of Death” which takes the life of Pharaoh’s first born child that these motions are climaxed with his despair. The jabs are eventually broken down to single instruments by the conclusion as his stubbornness is brought to a desperate whimper.

~Carlos Oliver Simon, Jr. (2015)

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