Flax-Golden Tales (2013)
for Storyteller and Chamber Orchestra
Text by Erin Morgenstern
- In tandem (Ricercare)
- Ideas (Rondo)
- Borne back ceaselessly into the past (Chaconne)
- Fairy trap (Scherzo)
- Where the sidewalk doesn’t end (Aria and Chorale)
Alecia Batson, storyteller; CLARET; Jeffrey Grossman, conductor
Duration: 13 min.
Dedication: for Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble
Commission: Commissioned by the New Juilliard Ensemble
Flax-Golden Tales (2013) is a work for storyteller and chamber orchestra with a text by the author Erin Morgenstern. Each of the five movements is based on a different brief story of only ten sentences and explores a different mood and tone.
Besides being reactions and complements to the stories, the movements also pursue their own musical identity, each being cast in a separate form: ricercare; rondo; chaconne; scherzo; aria and chorale.
The goal is an organic and equal synthesis of story and music, in which each adds an additional dimension to the other.