Home means future. Once we have a stable home, we can think beyond how to live our own, and we can begin to look forward to where we want to go. The house is the base where everything begins. I’m not talking about four walls and a roof, I’m talking about the Earth, our mother planet. This piece wants to make you look at it. It is a melancholic and worried gaze because we have mistreated it and made it sick. Having been unable to respect it and take care of it, we have shown that we have not understood its value and its uniqueness.
Earth it’s our only world. If we do not become fully aware of it now, future generations may never forgive us.
Like a planetary evolutionary story condensed into 5 minutes of music, the rhapsodic arrangement of Earth Means World To Us is born from small particles of notes played by a piano in a continuous way. To it, on the second 22 are tied a cello, a trombone and a trumpet that create the body that surrounds this first musical pattern. To the second 43, a viola is added and provides movement to the accompaniment enriching it melodically and harmoniously. At minute 01:04, the solo violin enters and, enriched with the section of the violins in the background, at minute 01.26 they intone the first theme of this introduction that repeats itself twice and then dissolves into the ether. At the end of this primordial broth, we come out into the open: after a short pause of silence, we emerge on the surface. In a soundscape of nature’s sounds, a flute accompanies the piano sweetly, playing a melodic sequence with a free interpretation. After a series of modulations, at minute 02.21 the climate changes: from the gracefulness and light-heartedness, a new theme in minor is presented. The strings in pianissimo enrich the harmonic texture and a horn in the distance almost “responds” to the thematic phrase dictated by the piano. Shortly after, at minute 02.51, section C of the piece begins. In a dynamic and whirling crescendo, the various sections of the orchestra are added one after the other, mounting in a dynamic and harmonious way. The dramatic and melancholic atmosphere is an orchestral body from which the voices of the various sections emerge, whose dynamic climax is reached at minute 04.06 when the percussions resonate strongly, effectively stopping the entire orchestra. As in section B, after a new pause, the soundscape returns with the sounds of nature. The piano is again the protagonist and, in a free way, slowly accompanies us towards the closing of the piece.
Dive Into the Matter
Earth, our home planet, is a world unlike any other. The third planet from the sun, Earth is the only place in the known universe confirmed to host life. Like Venus and Mars, Earth has mountains, valleys, and volcanoes. But unlike its rocky siblings, almost 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in oceans of liquid water that average 2.5 miles deep.
Its atmosphere, much like a greenhouse, absorbs and retains heat. On average, Earth’s surface temperature is about 57 degrees Fahrenheit; without our atmosphere, it’d be zero degrees. The atmosphere not only nourishes life on Earth, but it also protects it: It’s thick enough that many meteorites burn up before impact from friction, and its gases—such as ozone—block DNA-damaging ultraviolet light from reaching the surface. We also enjoy protection from Earth’s magnetic field, generated by our planet’s rotation and its iron-nickel core. This teardrop-shaped field shields Earth from high-energy particles launched at us from the sun and elsewhere in the cosmos.
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