The full broadcast, including works by Jonathan Newman, John Mackey, John Powell, Eric Whitacre, and more, is available on the BBC Radio 3 site until August 13th, 2017!
In Aeternum addresses the need for humankind to transcend our human flaws and frailties, and my personal hope that we can remake our minds and bodies through physical transformation by technological means. I believe we must continue to evolve in order to move beyond our fear, our inability to think rationally, and the resulting destructive behavior toward anyone outside of our tribal clique, however we may define it (race, gender, class, religion, nationality, sports team, etc.).
I wrote a few lines in English (below) and asked Anthony Silvestri, a poet, renaissance man, and friend, to translate the text into Latin He shaped the words into something with poetic resonance worthy of being sung.
In Aeternum was written for Eric Whitacre and the BBC Singers. Premiere 7 July 2017, Milton Court, London, UK.
NON OMNES QUIDEM MORIEMUR
SED OMNES AUTEM IMMUTABIMUR
FIEMUS MELIORES QUAM HOMINES
TRANSEAMUS SUPRA CARNEM
TRANSEAMUS SUPRA HUMANUM…MACHINAM
TRANSEAMUS IN AETERNUM
We will not all die
But we will all be changed
We will become more than human
May we transcend flesh
May we transcend our humanity
May we become eternal
Dedicated to: Eric Whitacre, and our future AI overlords
7 July 2017, BBC Singers, Milton Court Theatre, Eric Whitacre conducting.
SATB a cappella chorus