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"Humanity: Chapter III" continues the legacy of humanity with love

Caeley O'Connor

Posted on July 9, 2021 17:19

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"Humanity: Chapter III" is the third album in a series of seven composed by Thomas Bergersen. This album focuses on the idea of love and captures it in the form of orchestral music, using few words. This article serves as a review of the album as well as an encouragement to those who have never listened to Bergersen's works to explore the world of orchestral music.

On May 6, 2021, Thomas Bergersen released the third album in a series of seven, titled “Humanity: Chapter III.” Each album follows a specific theme revolving around the concept of humanity, with the first and second albums centered on freedom and purpose, respectively.


According to his website, Bergersen “...wanted to take a soft approach to exploring the deepest, purest and perhaps the most fulfilling feelings we can experience… Love.” As the album progresses, each song tells a story along the journey of life a couple spends together from the first moment they meet (“Sparks”) to perhaps creating a family (“Little Star) to old age (“It Was A Life Worth Living”).


Bergersen captures the very essence of the first kiss a couple shares with the aptly titled song, “First Kiss.” The two-minute piece begins with drawn-out strings, giving listeners the sensation of nervousness and anticipation. The climax flawlessly captures the feeling of the first kiss in wordless music. As the strings fade away, listeners are left with a sense of euphoria, which is performed prominently in the next song, “Butterflies.”


Familiar names of singers arise in the album, including Merethe Soltvedt, who has provided her extraordinary voice for songs by Two Steps from Hell, a musical group for which Bergersen is one of the composers. Kimera Morrell, a singer whom fans of Bergersen and Two Steps From Hell have heard very little of, graces “Magic” with her stunning vocals.


Elisabeth Nacik, a longtime fan of Bergersen’s work, had her expectations for the song blown out of the water by Morrell’s voice.

“Her voice brought the composition to the promised crescendo and made my arms erupt into goosebumps, cementing the song as one of my favorite songs Bergersen has ever written,” said Nacik.


However, the exceptional vocals featured on the album aren’t the only things that have thrilled fans. “Love Suite” is, as made clear by the title, is a suite, taking nearly every song in the album and merging them into one piece, each song flowing into the next without any abrupt change in key, something Bergersen has never done before. Fans experienced a cavalcade of emotions as the self-taught composer guided them through the quintessential songs of the album in one glorious piece.


The album closes out with a ten-minute song titled “Sunshower,” in which Bergersen leaves fans awe-struck with an orchestral masterpiece. The orchestra and valiant choir expand into a grand showcase of not only Bergersen’s musical talent but the allure of music itself.


Many fans have acclaimed Bergersen as the Beethoven or Mozart of the 21st century and assert that his music is as stunning as that of John Williams and Hans Zimmer.


The beautifully and meticulously composed album keeps listeners hooked from beginning to end as they are lead through familiar and intimate feelings brought about by the splendorous moments couples share that have been translated into music.


The release date of “Humanity: Chapter IV” has not yet been announced.

Caeley O'Connor

Posted on July 9, 2021 17:19

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