David Berlin | Spirits of War

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Spirits of War

by David Berlin

Unique and powerful, these epic tracks range from formidable and aggressive to tender and compassionate. An energetic, vivid collection of instrumental music with ethnic allusions, this album may well be an exciting and possibly new listening experience.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Hachiman
3:47 $0.99
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2. Belatucadros and Andarta
2:57 $0.99
3. Elegy for a Ruined Village
2:11 $0.99
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4. Huitzilopochtil
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5. Tumatauenga
3:32 $0.99
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6. Donar
4:11 $0.99
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7. Lament for the Dead
1:59 $0.99
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8. Dayisun
3:19 $0.99
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9. Murugan
3:24 $0.99
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10. Sekhmet
4:26 $0.99
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11. A Vision of Peace and Friendship
3:15 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SPIRITS OF WAR is about mythological national war deities from around the world. Eight of the eleven pieces are named after one and the music is intended to reflect but not duplicate the national character of each. The music is not “authentic” as it is filtered through western ears.
1. Hachiman is the Japanese syncretic divinity of archery and war
2. Belatucadros and Andarta were deities of war in Celtic Mythology. Belatucadros was worshipped in northern Britain. Andarta was a warrior goddess worshipped in southern Gaul.
3. Elegy for a Ruined Village is a serious reflection of the consequences of war. Are there really any victors? Why do so many cultures feel the need to resolve conflict in this manner? Are there any cultures that at one time did not have some war deity?
4. Huitzilopochtil Was the Aztec deity of war, sun, human sacrifice and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan.
5. Tumatauenga is the Oceanic God of War . He is considered the creator of war. The body of the first warrior to fall in a battle was often offered up to Tumatauenga.
6. Donar in wider Germanic mythology and paganism was also known as Thor. He was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar. His exploits, include the relentless slaughter of his foes.
7. Lament for the Dead is expression of grief or sorrow at the results of warfare.
8. Dayisun is one of the equestrian deities within the Mongolian pantheon of 99 tngri, the highest class of Deities.
9. Murugan is the Hindu god of war. He is the commander-in-chief of the army of the devas (gods) and the son of Shiva and Parvati.
10. Sekhmet was the Egyptian lioness-headed goddess of war and destruction created as a weapon of vengence to destroy men for their wicked ways and disobedience to Re.
11. A Vision of Peace and Friendship is the hope that soon humans will find a better way to resolve conflicts than making war.


David Berlin is a composer, music educator, educational content developer and arts education consultant. He has collaborated extensively in dance-theatre and multi-artist, performances. His orchestral and chamber music and his compositions have been performed by such groups as the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Laureate Woodwind Quintet, the Renaissance City Woodwind Quintet, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Sterbrooke Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan and at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Internationally, his work has been performed by the Cuarteto de Saxófones de Barcelona in Spain and by Ensemble HND in Sweden. His piece “DNA” is a large-scale collaborative piece with 59 other composers and video artist Patrick Liddell, and has been presented repeatedly, both nationally and internationally.

He teaches at Carnegie Mellon University part-time where he gives an on-line theory and composition course through the Department of Special Music Programs. In addition to numerous other professional organizations for educators and composers he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of Composers.
More information can be seen on his website at dabidberlin dot com

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