Duration: 5'45" |
Ensemble: Unaccompanied SATB speaker
Just as the Word became flesh, so the numbers become music in this setting of the Prologue to the Gospel of John. The incremental increase in successive intervals found at the start of the opening phrase (minor second, major second, minor third, etc.), followed by the phrase's inversion and subsequent canonic expressions, are as mathematical as music gets, but the flowering of the phrase and its inverted answer into rich chords on the word 'flesh' has no discernible rationale — a journey from mathematics to mystery. But both are incomprehensible in their own way.