Earth Airs (Symphony No. 2)
a choral symphony

Derek Charke
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:32:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Full Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus ( Divided )
  • 1 x Full orchestra ( Divided )
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Programme Note:
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 Jan 2016, Centennial Hall, Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Gary Kulesha; conductor


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6400 C473ea
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Full Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 22, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (121 p. ) ;
    121 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 437
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

    I. The underlying substance is one and infinite -- II. The soul of the world floats on a cushion of air -- III. In the crystalline vault of heaven -- IV. The moon is fire

    Text adapted from Anaximenes of Miletus (c. 585 – c. 528 BCE) English translations by John Burnet (1908)

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