Instrumentation: Solo English Horn, 1001-2000, 2perc, Pno, Strings
Duration: 15 min
Chrysalis is the musical analogy of a caterpillar; it’s metamorphosis, and becoming a butterfly. Within the story is another message: to become spiritually changed.
The first movement, Caterpillar, introduces the “caterpillar theme” that will transform throughout the piece. This melody begins with great clarity and is transformed into an awkward, crawling caterpillar. The theme returns with serenity once again at the end of the movement.
In movement two, the caterpillar enters a new and unknown phase of progression. In the beginning, the caterpillar is fearful of the challenge it will be to make this great change. The caterpillar struggles to find its way. But in the darkness of the chrysalis, the caterpillar finds hope and the strength to become something more. Within the Chrysalis attempts to capture my personal feelings regarding the sacrifice and death of Jesus Christ. There are moments of quiet grief, deep sadness and anguish, and then gratitude and hope. The caterpillar changes within the chrysalis, just as one can experience a spiritual rebirth through Christ’s great gift.
In the third movement, the Butterfly emerges. The “caterpillar theme” is transformed. The butterfly sings praises to God, who gave her wings to fly. All Creatures of Our God and King is quoted:”
“All Creatures of Our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing…
Oh, Praise Him! …Alleluia!”