Benjamin Williams

Exodus (2009)

Exodus was composed for The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marshall Haddock in the Spring of 2009 as part of the OSU School of Music Composer-in-Residence program.

The title for this piece came after the music itself was completed. In looking back over the winding course of the themes and motives, I was reminded of the Biblical account of the Israelite exodus from Egypt. The alternation of unsteady developmental music and the bright fanfare themes is reminiscent of the perils of God's people at the hand of Pharoah. That said, this piece is by no means about that story. If anything, it could be reflective of any sort of exodus in which many challenges arise and are overcome in the course of a march to triumph.

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