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The City of God

by David Earl Buddin

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I. Paradise is Opened For you Paradise is opened, the Tree of Life planted, the future age and abundance are prepared, a city is built and rest appointed, good words established, wisdom defined. Evil roots are sealed up from you, sickness extinguished from your path. Death is concealed, Hades fled, Corruption sinks in oblivion, sorrow is gone, and in the end the gold of immortality is manifest. from The Apocalypse of Ezra trans. R.H. Charles
Invocation 09:29
II. Invocation I arise today: in vast might, invocation of the Trinity; belief in a Threeness; confession of Oneness; towards the Creator. I arise today: in the might of Heaven; brightness of Sun; whiteness of Snow; splendour of Fire; speed of Lightning; swiftness of Wind; depth of Sea; stability of Earth; firmness of Rock. I arise today: in vast might, invocation of the Trinity; belief in a Threeness; confession of Oneness; towards the Creator. from The Lorica, St. Patrick trans. J. Atkinson
III. With Flowers You Write With flowers You write, O Giver of Life: with songs You give color, with songs You shade those who must live on the earth. from The Painted Book, Texcoco Indian trans. M. Leon-Portilla
IV. Father of Everlasting Grace Father of everlasting grace, Thy goodness and thy truth we praise, Thy goodness and thy truth we prove; Thou hast, in honor of thy Son, The gift unspeakable sent down, The Spirit of life, and power, and love. So shall we pray, and never cease, So shall we thankfully confess Thy wisdom, truth, and power, and love, With joy unspeakable adore, And bless, and praise thee evermore, And serve thee as thy hosts above. Till added to that heavenly choir We raise our songs of triumph higher, And praise thee in a bolder strain, Out-soar the firstborn seraph's flight, And sing, with all our friends in light, Thy everlasting love to man. Charles Wesley
Magnificat 14:57
V. Magnificat My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. The Gospel According to St. Luke,1:46-55 King James Version
VI. O Gladsome Light O gladsome light, O grace of our Creator's face, the eternal splendor wearing; celestial, holy blest, our Savior Jesus Christ, joyful in your appearing. As fades the day's last light, we see the lamps of night, our common hymn outpouring, O God of might unknown, you the incarnate Son, and Spirit blest adoring. To you of right belongs all praise of holy songs, O Son of God, lifegiver. You, therefore, O Most High, the world does glorify and shall exalt forever. Greek hymn trans. R.S. Bridges



The City of God is the fifth cantata in a cycle of six. They are collectively called The Genesis of Projection, after a line from Emerson's essay “Nature” wherein he discusses human history and its manifestations.

In all of these works Buddin employs a single series of six pitches. They are transformed and permutated in all kinds of orderly ways to create a myriad of different surface structures and textures. The intervals between adjacent pitches articulate time spans that he uses to “project” large and small scale rhythmic complexes as well as the overarching form of the entire construction.

The whole enterprise stands in marked contrast to the emotive, amorphous garbage that his generation is notable for. It is, to paraphrase E.E. Cummings, a reality whose universe a single leaf may be.



released December 2, 2016

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Produced by BJ Rubin
Mixed by Jason LaFarge
Mastered by Josh Bonati

Lauren Martin, Tim Dahl, Dominika Michalowska, Weasel Walter & Simon Slater


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