Paganini, Niccolò - La Campanella Mvt. 3 from Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
Divinities at Dawn is inspired by the composer’s visit to the extraordinary temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which are covered with thousands of carvings. Seeing the gleaming images of Divinities in the early morning hours inspired Ewazen’s wind ensemble suite, Celestial Dancers. Divinities at Dawn is his flute and piano adaptation of the suite’s third movement. The music portrays the early morning hours as the sun creates a golden glow on the ornate carvings with music that is soft, quiet, and mysterious – but as the sun continues to rise and gleam, the music becomes energetic and full of life with the Divinities’ dance becoming joyous and intricate with swirling musical gestures rising to the heavens.