Salvation is Created, by Pavel Chesnokov (1877-1944), arr. Michael Brown
Conducted by Cara A. Corrigan
Cara A. Corrigan was raised in Tinley Park, IL just south of the city of Chicago. She is the Vice President, Ritual of the Lambda Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota as well as a member of both The National Band Association and National Association for Music Educators. She is a saxophone major with a minor in voice but also plays french horn in both the VanderCook band and the Moraine Valley Community Concert Band. After graduation, Ms. Corrigan plans to earn a degree in Early Childhood with a focus on neurological development and the effect that music has on the brain from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
“Salvation is Created” was one of the last sacred pieces that Chesnokov was able to compose. During the end of his life, communism was taking over in Russia and composers were being forced to compose only secular pieces. Chesnokov was never able to hear this piece performed during his life time; however once the Soviet Union finally fell his children were able to hear it performed for the first time. Originally composed for six or eight part choir, the Russian text Cпасениеcoдeлaлесипосредеземли, Боже. Аллилуия, translates to Salvation is made in the midst of the earth, O God. Alleluia. This piece was composed as a symbol of hope for Chesnokov and the people of Russia at the time and is still widely published and performed all across the world today.