Neil Buckland | Gaia

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by Neil Buckland

Contemporary classical music that grows from the great traditions of the past and is melodic and accessible.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Gaia
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In Greek mythology Gaia is the personification of the earth, the great mother of all. Gaia is also, of course, the name for the earth in James Lovelock’s theory that our planet functions like a living organism.

The music of "Gaia" is not intended to be descriptive; instead it reflects the concept of a "living planet" in its own aural world, the music growing and developing like a living organism, extending, elaborating, branching out, and evolving eventually into different forms. There are many echoes and reflections in this music, as in nature; but as in nature they are often slightly changed. There is symmetry here but, as in nature, it's never precise or mechanical. There are layers in this music, like geological strata, or like the layers of fertile soil (humus, topsoil, subsoil, bedrock etc.). The Golden Section, a mathematical ratio that occurs throughout nature and is often associated with the perception of beauty, can also be found in this music.

The middle section of "Gaia" grows out of thematic fragments from the Missa L'homme armé sexti toni by Josquin Desprez. Josquin is long dead and his music was written before copyright was even thought of; I would nevertheless like to acknowledge this borrowing and apologize to the ghost of Josquin for the very different uses I have made of his material.

"Gaia" is one of three orchestral pieces I have written in a similar style that reflect experiences in nature; the others are "Parables of Sunlight" and "Sylvan". "Parables of Sunlight" can be found on the album "O Breath, O Fire", also available here on CD Baby. More information on my website,



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