WORDS & MUSIC
"An oratorio is a special kind of drama inviting us into a powerful story through poetry and music. Re:Creation invites us into the world's supreme story of the love of God embodied in Jesus Christ."
- Roberta Rominger (General Secretary of the United Reformed Church)
Seeking to inspire and inform audiences who have listened to other resonances on the origins and destiny of life, Re:Creation tells the Biblical story with melodious music and a lively libretto. Divided into five parts Re:Creation runs for approximately 100 minutes. It can also be performed as individual movements. Listen to the music below and see video excerpts from a performance in 2018.
Re:Creation uses only the biblical text to tell the story. The availability of modern Bible translations provides an opportunity to present the great themes in language and style accessible to the contemporary listener. Like so many other sacred works, the centrality of the person of Jesus and His ministry are irresistible. However, Re:Creation seeks to use the biblical reflections on the person and work of Jesus to probe the significance of these events in the Divine scheme as they affect the whole of creation.
Verses marked * Scriptures taken from the Good News Bible © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., UK Good News Bible©. American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.
** Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible ® Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used with permission.
*** Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible New International Version Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society used by permission of Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.
AUDIO (Complete recording)
Piano, Flute (db. Clarinet), Flute (db. Clarinet & Bass Clarinet), Oboe (db. Cor Anglais), Horn, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass (db. Bass Guitar), 2 Percussion
As above plus Church Organ
Larger Orchestration (increased strings)
As above plus Church Organ and increased strings e.g. 5 4 3 3 2
Re:Creation can be performed with just a piano accompaniment alone or a reduced number of instruments:
Piano, Church Organ, Bass (Double Bass & Electric), Percussion.