Four Freedoms

2020

Composer:
Joseph C Phillips Jr

Librettist:
Joseph C Phillips Jr

Composer website:
http://www.numinousmusic.com

Composer contact:
info@numinousmusic.com

Performance forces:
6 soprano, 2 mezzo-soprano, tenor, 2 baritone/bass — fl, a.sax, bsn, cor, tpt, tbn, pno, harp, vln, vla, vc, db — SATB

Length:
1:00

Languages:
English

Notes:
In President Roosevelt's State of the Union speech from 1941 he outlined "Four Freedoms" that everyone should experience and live, "everywhere in the world": Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear. Those ideals still resonated almost 80 years later as I wrote the words and story for my opera Four Freedoms, which I based on four contemporary topics (voter disenfranchisement, worship and discrimination, immigration, and climate change) that all tie together to illuminate how far away as a country, and a world, we are from living up to those ideals.