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"It is a vision of our beautiful Earth that I hope we can preserve for future generations," he wrote in the liner notes for "Quiet As The Moon," the CD that brings together and expands the music of the TV episode.
"To suggest the sense of isolation felt by the young ‘astronauts’ drifting in space, I reached back into my earlier music for a theme," Brubeck wrote. " ‘Forty Days’ is, incongruously, an excerpt from my first oratorio, and the title refers to Christ’s self-imposed 40 days alone in the desert."
Ultimately, for Brubeck, the heart of his sacred music is the profound biblical message to love your enemies — which, he said, is the "essence of Christianity."
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