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Arise Triumphant, O Blessed Muse!, therefore, draws the parallel between the human spirit and the spirit of a theatre. The work is conceived in five continuous parts, beginning with an instrumental introduction. In Part II, the chorus and mezzo-soprano soloist celebrate the music that brings the vessel to life until Part III when apathy and disinterest topple the building’s infrastructure. Part IV has the mezzo-soprano sing of hope and inspiration, two ingredients of creative expression, that bring the pieces back together and set the stage for the rebirth of the vessel. Part V is, once again, a celebration of musical vibration declaimed with the promise of a more lasting presence.
Arise Triumphant, O Blessed Muse! received its world premiere on January 27, 2005, with Frederica von Stade, the Knoxville Choral Society and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.