Burns - Goyaesques V: Saturno devorando a su hijo

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Saturno devorando a su hijo is one of Goya's "Black Paintings." After going deaf, Goya bought a home called "Quinta del Sordo" or "House of the Deaf." Here he lived in seclusion and painted several works whose themes are were intense, haunting and dark. These were never meant for public view and were painted directly onto the wall. Saturno depicts the Titan Kronos (Romanized to Saturn) eating his newborn son after it was foretold that one of his sons would usurp his throne. The music is primal and terrifying with a steady ticking of a clock. As bells toll, the hour gets closer and closer to the birth where upon he immediately devours the infant whole. Shock and awe are all we are left with, as the carnage echoes in our minds.


from E​.​P. #1, released December 23, 2012
Composed by Tim Burns
Tim Burns, Conductor



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