Mar 21 2010

Piano quintet no. 2, “Darwin vs. Cremo” (2010), for 2 violins, viola, cello, and piano

Score: Piano Quintet No. 2: Darwin vs Cremo

Written: 2010

Performed by: Music students at the University of Western Ontario

Performed at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Piano Quintet No. 2: Darwin vs. Cremo is a discussion on the origins of life written in the British Parliamentary Debate Form.  Darwin’s theory of Evolution, represented by the transformation of a Pentatonic scale through to an Octatonic scale using pitch split transformations, is contrasted by Cremo’s theory of Devolution, which is conversely represented by the transformations to Pentatonic, Whole Tone, and Octatonic scales employing Sean Kim’s compositional Technique of Interval Expansion and Compression.  Through this debate the widely accepted theory of Evolution is challenged by a lesser known theory of Devolution, bringing to light new perspectives on not only where we came from, but also, perhaps more importantly, what we are.   In a 2003 article, New Evidence Challenges Darwin’s Theory Best-selling Author Further Defies Evolutionist,  Cremo’s theory is described as follows:

“Cremo proposes that before we ask the question, “Where did human beings come from?” [We] should first contemplate, “What is a human being?” Cremo asserts that humans are a combination of matter, mind, and consciousness (or spirit).

Human Devolution contains solid scientific evidence showing how a subtle mind element and a conscious self that can exist apart from the body have been systematically eliminated from mainstream science by a process of knowledge filtration. “Any time knowledge filtration takes place you can expect a great deal of resistance, criticism, and ridicule when it is exposed and challenged,” says Cremo.”

In the final section of the debate, both sides conclude harmoniously on the facts that no one can deny: ‘Wherever we came from, we are here; whatever we are, we are.’

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