Paula Kremer & The Vancouver Cantata Singers - Prometheus

from by Kristopher Fulton

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Prometheus seems to be the most popular of what is becoming a series of action-adventure pieces for concert choir. In 2008 the Vancouver Cantata Singers needed a piece written by a Canadian for what was then the CBC National Competition for Amateur Choirs. I pitched the piece to their Director, Eric Hannan using more than a few explosive gestures and “wooshing” sounds. I was convinced I sounded nuts… but he went for it and I wrote Prometheus shortly after our meeting.

Written especially for the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the work was inspired by my love of mythology (the ‘old’) and Hollywood film scores (the ‘new’). The piece is meant to exude an electric intensity from beginning to end.

lyrics

Prometheus steals the fire of the gods and runs!

Heart pounding he races through the Olympian halls,

Around marble pillars and across marble floors.

Laughing as he speeds past every Olympian,

A wondrous gift for mortals in his hands.

Prometheus stands on the cliffs of Olympus wondering how fast he can fall.

How fast can he fall?

Prometheus leaps to the safety of the rolling mortal world below.

Prometheus leaps from Olympus falling faster than any shooting star with

All the Heavens racing to stop him diving through cloud after cloud

Prometheus stole the fire of the Gods and landed on the Earth!

– Kristopher Fulton 2008

credits

from Kristopher Fulton: The Twilight Cities, released October 22, 2015

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Kristopher Fulton Vancouver, British Columbia

Kristopher Fulton is a Canadian composer known mostly for his use of intertextuality, specifically with reference to film and comic books, to create new and exciting works within the genre of contemporary classical music.

He also loves comic books.
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