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The Beast

The Beast

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Published by Nathan Shirley
View performance on YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQA1FIbRF-o

The Beast is one of the latest piano compositions by Nathan Shirley, composed in 2010. It was inspired by the many Renaissance paintings and sculptures depicting the battle of St Michael and the Devil. This seems to have been a particularly fascinating subject to the masters of that period, and it certainly captured the attention of European society.

The piece is built around the tritone which had been taboo in sacred music, being named "diabolus in musica" (the Devil in music). A tritone is simply a specific distance between two notes- C to F-sharp as an example.

The composition opens with a slow, repeated tritone in the bass representing the Devil. St Michael is later introduced with a pure, chorale-like passage of higher chords (with Satan always lurking down below). Then the battle ensues at a ferocious pace with one gaining the upper-hand, then the other. After a time it seems the Devil will be victorious, his theme from the beginning returns. But St Michael returns with a final attack, completely overwhelming his opponent, and drives the Devil down to the underworld.
View performance on YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQA1FIbRF-o

The Beast is one of the latest piano compositions by Nathan Shirley, composed in 2010. It was inspired by the many Renaissance paintings and sculptures depicting the battle of St Michael and the Devil. This seems to have been a particularly fascinating subject to the masters of that period, and it certainly captured the attention of European society.

The piece is built around the tritone which had been taboo in sacred music, being named "diabolus in musica" (the Devil in music). A tritone is simply a specific distance between two notes- C to F-sharp as an example.

The composition opens with a slow, repeated tritone in the bass representing the Devil. St Michael is later introduced with a pure, chorale-like passage of higher chords (with Satan always lurking down below). Then the battle ensues at a ferocious pace with one gaining the upper-hand, then the other. After a time it seems the Devil will be victorious, his theme from the beginning returns. But St Michael returns with a final attack, completely overwhelming his opponent, and drives the Devil down to the underworld.

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Published by: Nathan Shirley on Jul 31, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial No-derivs

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MARSYAS MUSIC
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For more music visit-
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MARSYAS MUSIC
 www.MarsyasMusic.org
 About Notation-
Many of Nathan Shirley's compositions contain little or no articulation or dynamic markings. This is notbecause they should be performed dry and lifeless, instead interpretation is left largely to performers.However, in other cases dynamics and articulations will be found; bear in mind these represent only onepossible interpretation and are offered as suggestions only.Grace notes with slashes are to be played before the beat (they will always appear as 1/16 notes).Grace notes without slashes are to be played on the beat (they will always appear as 1/8 notes, and oftenbe found before trills, indicating the trill should begin on the upper note rather than the lower).
Terms of use-
This music may be copied, printed, downloaded, and distributed at no cost. However, without explicitpermission there are two limits of use: you may not use the music for monetary gain nor alter the musicfrom its current state.If you wish to professionally perform this music, broadcast it, arrange/transcribe it, license it, or in any  way alter or profit from its use, write to
 Music@NathanShirley.org
with a brief description of theproject. In many cases basic information about the potential project is all that is required beforeapproval is granted.This work is protected under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works3.0 United States License.
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