In the Crystalline Vault of Heaven
for SATB chorus, a cappella

Derek Charke
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:04:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus ( Divided )
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Programme Note:
In the Crystalline Vault of Heaven is the third movement of Earth Airs (Symphony No. 2). This movement stands alone as a composition for SATB Chorus, a cappella. Earth Airs is my second symphony, a choral symphony. The text is adapted from the ancient Greek philosopher, Anaximenes of Miletus. Anaximenes was one of several Presocratic philosophers who questioned standard mythological creation theories and opted, instead, for observable explanations to better understand our world. Anaximenes suggests that air is the underlying substance from which everything is created. In his text, Anaximenes muses on the infinite nature of air, on the soul of the world, on the crystalline vault of the heavens, and on the moon being fire. I was intrigued by this notion of an underlying substance of air, and the musical ideas that his text evoked. Earth Airs was written in a spirit of celebration and mindfulness for the fragility of the atmosphere that supports life on earth.

Premiere Information:
26 January 2016, Centennial Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Gary Kulesha; cond., and the choir; Horizon, Vic Pankratz; Artistic Director


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 C473cr
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 19, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (14 p. ) ;
    14 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text adapted from Anaximenes of Miletus (c. 585 – c. 528 BCE)
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