Prior to the 20th century, and the emergent dominance of equal temperament, the association of emotions with particular musical keys was common practice.
The Black Glass Ensemble recently revisited this historical alignment of sound and emotion to offer a brief ‘embrace’ in B Minor – the key associated with patience.
The initial embrace, featuring the 8 musicians of the Black Glass Ensemble and guest Colin Potter, with whom they had been due to perform prior to the Covid19 lockdown, was well received. Consequently, Black Glass sought to widen the reach of their embrace to other musicians to make a more comprehensive piece of work.
The response was unprecedented. 104 musicians returned 251 individual musical tracks to be mixed into this present arrangement.
The full 38’ 50” minute work, “Be Mine in Patience: an Embrace in B minor” is made freely available in the sole hope that this extended embrace may help in some small way to nurture strength, fortitude and comfort.
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The Black Glass Ensemble:
The Alaska None
Artificial Memory Trace
Edvard Graham Lewis
Patrick Tubin McGinley
B J Nilsen
Second Harmonic Generation
Steven R. Smith
Frans de Waard
Cover image by Ben Ponton, used by permission of Sue Cannon