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Missa Charles Darwin

Parma Recordings announces that composer Gregory W Brown's upcoming Navona Records release Missa Charles Darwin, recorded with New York Polyphony, will be featured in Dan Brown's new novel Origin.

'I've always been fascinated by the interplay between science and religion; Missa Charles Darwin is an ingenious fusion of the two, and it immediately captivated me. Missa Charles Darwin got me thinking about evolutionary processes, spiritual views, and the origins of our species and our belief systems. These are themes I explore in my new novel.' - Dan Brown

Gregory W Brown originally composed the piece for New York Polyphony in 2011 when the group's bass, Craig Phillips, suggested the idea. Craig then edited and compiled Darwin's texts in collaboration with the composer to create the basic structure of the piece. To create the music Brown began by translating the DNA sequence of one of Darwin's finches into the initial melodic fragment that informs the whole work. Missa Charles Darwin follows the basic structure of a five-movement mass with the addition of an Alleluia. Where religious and sacred texts would lie, excerpts from On The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Darwin's extant correspondence have been substituted. The interplay of frame and content is the heart of Missa Charles Darwin.

Origin, the highly anticipated upcoming novel by Dan Brown, is fittingly named based on that idea of the origin of life, which is asked through music in Gregory W Brown's Mass. This notion of our origin inspired multi-million selling author Dan Brown to write the novel and delve into the eternal questions of 'where do we come from?' and 'where are we going?' in the thrilling, brain-teasing way that he's so famous for.

Missa Charles Darwin, with deluxe special edition packaging, will be available to purchase on Friday 29 September 2017. A limited amount will include a hand-signed photograph by both Gregory and Dan Brown.


Posted: 17 September 2017

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