The Castle Upon Crystal Shores (2019)

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Instrumentation: full orchestra [2d1, 2d1, 2, 2 – 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 3 percussion, harp, strings]

Duration: ca. 11 minutes

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Program notes:

In my downtime, I love to read for enjoyment. More often than not, I gravitate towards nonfiction, like essays, informational texts, and self-help books. (I happen to be a sucker for those!) But once in a while, I’ll indulge in a novel or two. I generally prefer realistic fiction since I often have a hard time taking to most fantasy or science fiction. I was like that even as a kid. Yet, music is often what takes me to otherworldly places most instantaneously.

As with many of my recent works, writing The Castle Upon Crystal Shores was that experience for me. I began to picture a kingdom built upon honor and integrity. When outside forces attempt to deceive them and capture their illustrious stronghold and its enchanting lands, the kingdom opposes this evil with heroic dignity and is ultimately unshaken.