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Blessing, a composition for wind ensemble by Jonathon Roberts, slowly unfolds over nine minutes; it is a meditation on God's blessings and Numbers 6.
‘Yahweh bless you, and keep you.
Yahweh make his face to shine on you,
and be gracious to you.
Yahweh lift up his face toward you,
and give you peace.’
I love the warm image of God's face shining on us from Numbers 6. I imagine the peace of this blessing as a river, gently moving forward and spreading across the land.
Blessing is an instrumental wind ensemble composition featuring a simple theme stretched out over nine minutes, one large crescendo giving way to a river of bells and percussion, slowing drifting away over the horizon and into infinity.
The Artist's Reflection
Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords. www.jonathonroberts.com