Reconciliation can take many forms. It can be something as simple as finding a way to bring two drastically different musical styles together—the way this piece combines the lyrical, longing melodies typical of the late Romantic style and the harsher, more aggressive sounds of American rock bands—or it can be as profound as learning to bridge the gap between people groups through common ground coping with the internal tension of feeling strong emotions like joy, pain, loss, anger, and sadness all at the same time.
In response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida in 2016, Reconciliation presents two opposing ideas, each fighting for dominance. However, as the music progresses, the ideas are increasingly influenced and altered by the opposing sounds. Slowly, the ideas become more intertwined and find themselves turning towards a new and unexpected resolution.
Reconciliation concludes with a quote of the Bach chorale Alle Menschen Müssen Sterben which begins with the text:
Everybody must die,
All flesh passes like grass;
Whatever lives must perish
If it is to become new elsewhere.
Commissioned and premiered by Brian Bires.