The Olympus Suite: 12 Pieces for Orchestra
The Olympus Suite is the title of my PhD – a collection of orchestral pieces composed from the narrative(s) of a variety of sources; Socratic Philosophers such as Homer , Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, prominent academics; Edith Hamilton, Dr. Sarah Brown, and contemporary commentaries by well known authors; Stephen Fry (Mythos) and Susie Donkin (‘Zeus is a D**k’).
The underlying concept behind this body of work explores the relationship between music and narrative. Narrative-driven music or ‘Music as Drama’ is not something new or revolutionary. However, this project is unique in its exploration of the development and relationship between myth and musical analysis.Holst’s The Planets is arguably the closest to what I am trying to achieve compositionally, however Holst’s work represents an astrological rather than mythical depiction of what this project attempts to achieve. It is my intention to create a new composition for orchestra in the form of 12 works. Each movement will be dedicated to the twelve Olympians; Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hades, Hestia, Poseidon, Demeter, Apollo, Artemis, Ares and Hephaestus. For each piece, the compositional structure and themes will vary dramatically pertaining to the characteristics derived from selected translations of the narratives, thus creating a suite of music which covers a variety of timbral and textural qualities
Here are a few examples of some completed scores to date.