Esse Quam Videri - Fanfare and Motet

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Esse Quam Videri - Fanfare and Motet


JImmy Kachulis: Composer

A re-composition of a unique instrumental piece that began as a secular 15th century three voice composition, to which Caron added a fourth voice, in the 1508 Odhecaton of Petrucci, the first publisher of music. This version recomposes those originals while creating low brass parts in Balkan folk rhythms of 5/8, 6/8, and 7/8 – under the prevailing 2/4 rhythm of the original.

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Esse Quam Videri - Fanfare and Motet - J. Kachulis

For the retirement of Lee Berk from the Berklee College of Music.

A piece that is a musical depiction of the blending of African and European cultures that engendered modern American culture. The musical motto is based on a solemnization of the name of the President of the Berklee College, Lee Berk, and motto and the College's motto: Esse Quam Videri, which translates as “To be and not just seem to be”.

A European heraldic fanfare version of the theme in triple mensuration canon morphs into an African version, in traditional call and response style, all synchronized by the African Bell Pattern. This is a programmatic description of the interaction of these two old world cultures to produce something very new. In the Coda a large scale Indian Tihai rhythmic cadence leads to the contrapuntal blending of the two versions of the motto into a unified whole – a hope for a greater blending of these two ancient forces. Text: To be and not just seem to be