Alea Iacta Est
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Liner NotesAlea Iacta Est is ultimately inspired by Caesar and the role he played as an individual in transforming the greatest civilization in history. Coming from the phrase uttered by Caesar crossing the Rubicon, "alea iacta est" is frequently translated as "the die has been cast" and largely signifies the death of the Roman Republic.
The piece itself, however, more abstractly portrays the classic "deal with the devil" form in a musical expression dealing with turmoil and dark forces as they beset a more humble setting. Shifts to chromaticism, use of odd numbers, tempo increase and instrumentation (primarily the glockenspiel, tubular bells and drums) are all intended to create unease and signify the coming or onset of evil within the narrative.
Alea Iacta Est structure:
II: Home Theme
IV: Hell Breaks Loose
V: The Fiery Imp (A Deal Is Made)
VI: The Devil's Arrival
VII: The Dance Of Flames
Composed for strings, percussion and choir.
Caution: Should only be played at loud volumes.
All associated pictures are by Quinn Lowrey.
©2013 QUINN LOWREY
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