I’m finally in a position to share more about myself here. It feels good to embrace who I am… 🙂
In my “real life,” I’m a professional violinist-composer, and I write sci-fi novels, too.
Well, in response to a call-for-scores not too long ago, I composed a new work for flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, called “The Oracle.”
I used a total of 50 tarot cards to construct the framework for this quintet. Because there is both an element of chance (in that the process of my drawing the cards and their placement in the 5 separate tarot spreads I used, is all random) and an element of “foreordained knowledge” (or pre-compositional structure), the resulting textures of this work are rich with meaning indeed.
Essentially, each suit of the Minor Arcana (Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) was assigned to one of the melodic instruments (respectively: violin, cello, flute, clarinet), and all of the Major Arcana was assigned to the piano. Each number of the Minor Arcana was assigned an interval which, in combination with its card’s proper meaning, formed the basis on which that instrument’s featured melody was built.
For the Major Arcana, I mapped out the piano’s full range in accordance with the branches of the Tree of Life. When a Major Arcana card was drawn, that card’s typical placement on the Tree guided me to which register the piano’s line would be placed. And, as with the Minors, a card’s traditional interpretation was a key factor in the styling and mood of each part for the piano.
“The Oracle” has thus emerged as a multi-faceted, deeply layered, story-driven reflection of the human condition.
Here’s a video I put together that comprises the mythical elements and characters found in the tarot cards that make up this piece. What story do you see unfolding?
I thought you all might appreciate and enjoy the story and complexity of this work. Enjoy! ❤