Jeweler by Design is a small, independently / family -owned custom jewelry shop in Moreno Valley. They do great work, which can be seen at the JBD website. JBD wanted music on the site, so I wrote ‘gems,’ in the playlist on this page (…which is no longer being used).
This piece was rendered using Garritan Personal Orchestra.
legend two music
legend two notes
legend two is orchestrated for the following 18 instruments:
- guitar (nylon strings)
- hammond organ
- tubular bells
- taiko drum (or any low, pitched drum)
01-04, 08-13,15-16, 19-20 are connected, with no pause in between movements.
Musical accompaniment is now written for many visual formats. Most of these formats (opera, movies, video games) 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?
Legend One, titled ‘July,’ is the first of hopefully several implementations of this form. It is a large work for chamber orchestra (instruments shown in as tags on this page) in 26 movements and is about an hour and fifteen minutes long. It is what I think of as post-minimalist, with each movement featuring only a few instruments.
The image is an illustration of the form of the piece in terms of theme.