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Rapture (excerpt)

Posted By Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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Performed Oct. 23, 2014 by the BSO under Music Director Marin Alsop. In Rouse’s own words, “Rapture” is “not connected to any religious source but rather, conveys a sense of spiritual bliss, religious or otherwise.” The work is an exercise in gradually increasing tempi and dynamics, beginning quite slowly and quietly, gradually speeding up to the breakneck tempo of the final moments and ending in an exultant ffff conclusion. “Rapture” also celebrates the 21st-century orchestra, utilizing every instrument and family with dramatic impact.