Beyond the thorn: An opera in two acts
Chaffin, Lon W.
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The intent behind the creation of Beyond the Thorn was to produce a musical work for the theater that could be understood and appreciated by educated musicians as well as being accessible to the "common man." I believe there is a need to compose serious, artistic music that is not exclusive to musicians, but inclusive of the average listener. If composers only produce music for musicians, we limit the power of our art to communicate, enrich, uplift, and challenge mankind as a whole.