Introducing “Symphony No. 2: Tales From the Realm of Faerie” by Michael Kurek
Below are four videos, one of each of the four movements of my Symphony No. 2: “Tales from the Realm of Faerie”. Just for now, these videos combine virtual mock-ups of the music with decorative images I chose after composing the music. They reflect something of the flavor of the music at any given moment, in a general way but with no specific story line in mind. Of course, the music was written as classical piece for the concert hall, to be heard without any visual images. The timings for each movement are 12′, 10′, 10′, and 13′, for a total length of 45 minutes.
My Symphony No. 2: Tales from the Realm of Faerie (“faerie” being the archaic term for fairyland) called forth from my musical imagination a kind of rich musical tapestry intertwining all the colors and scenes of many fairytale worlds I have entered and loved. I had no particular fairy stories in mind while composing but rather hoped that childlike ears might simply lose themselves in this world, as a child hearing fairy tales being read aloud – in swashbuckling fanfares, love themes, pointillist fairy dust, the surprising appearance of an evil sorcerer, music for a grand ball at a castle, or anything else one might wish to imagine from one’s own storehouse of fairy-tale dreams, spinning out like golden threads from a magical, musical spinning wheel. I have not given specific titles to each movement, but the design of the four movements is fairly traditional, with the inner two movements representing a slow movement and a scherzo, respectively, and the outer two movements varied in tempo and more serious in tone. Even more than a series of fairytale images, though, I have tried to capture in music a certain spirit of unspoiled beauty, innocence, nobility, hope, and heroic goodness that I associate with that literary genre, even within the seriousness of the traditional symphony genre.
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