the legend form

musical accompaniment is now written for many visual formats. most of these formats: opera, movies, video games, & so on-tell a story. the music serves as a backdrop for the story.

the aim of the legend musical form (legend, in the story-telling sense) is to re-invent this process: if music can be written as a supplementary element of an audio-visual story, why couldn’t the music be written first, leaving the story up to many possibilities?

instead of the idea of writing new soundtracks for old movies or different operatic settings of traditional stories, why not consider the music the basis (a literal ‘cantus firmus’) for many new stories to be written?

in the sense that the story is governed by the telling, instead of the other way around, the music becomes the legend, and whatever story is chosen serves as the backdrop.