The power of music is something that has been part of my life from since I can remember. I honesty believe that music in combination with image is the most powerful form of human expression there is. Music truly does have the power to help and heal, it is the ultimate medicine. Music allows us to reflect on our condition and in times of need it can be part of the helping process. A Symphony Of Hope is no better example of the healing power of music, and what people are capable of when we come together for a cause. This symphony is the result of 25 of Hollywood's most respected composers. These composers came together and collaborated to craft a beautiful reflection of a regional tragedy with the hope of raising awareness and money for Haiti; a nation still suffering the aftermath of a terrible earthquake.
The symphony is 5 movements and was constructed as a flowing quilt, each composer contributing their own voice to the project. When one composer finished their part they would pass it along to the next to continue. The finished product is a beautiful representation of the journey that Haiti's people have taken in overcoming natural disaster. It reflects the strength of the people and their ability to rise through everything they had to overcome. The central motif is based off of a traditional Haitian melody and it serves as the grounding aspect of the symphony. The music takes us through the devastation of the earthquake and the immediate aftermath, but we move out of the darkness in movements 4 and 5 to embrace light at the end of the tunnel. The music heard here is pure human beauty and it represents the best of what's within us. The arrangements are magnificent and the chorus adds the human voice to support it. While 25 composers worked on this it truly feels as one unified voice. The careful ear will be able to pick up certain styles throughout, but even I had trouble discerning who did what. It really is a testament to their collaboration how amazing it all turned out.
A Symphony Of Hope was written for Haiti, but it's such a universal human journey that its message will echo forever. All proceeds from this album go directly to Haiti as these composers all contributed to it on their own free time. Please take the time to purchase this amazing album and go on a truly magnificent journey while helping in the process. A Symphony Of Hope is an example of the true power of music, and this historic symphony should be treasured by everyone all over the world for music is the universal language. I was honored to have seen this symphony performed live; it was a magical experience.
The Composers: Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Bruce Broughton, George S. Clinton, Elia Cmiral, Don Davis, John Debney, Randy Edelman, Andrew Gross, Dave Grusin, Marvin Hamlisch, David Kitay, Christopher Lennertz, Deborah Lurie, Lisbeth Scott, Pete Seibert, Theodore Shapiro, Ed Shearmur, John Swihart, Brian Tyler, Michael Wandmacher, Timothy Michael Wynn and Christopher Young.
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