Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing

Zakariya al-Qazwini’s thirteenth century book Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing was the catalogue to end all catalogues. It contains descriptions of every living thing in existence — that includes not only plants and animals, but monsters and demons and gods. You will find next to a drawing of a trout a detailed depiction of a Godzilla-sized sea serpent.

My eponymous work is a set of six preludes for piano, each inspired by a creature from this strange and marvelous book.

More recordings coming soon.

Details

  • For solo piano
  • Category: Solo
  • Year Composed: 2021
  • Duration: 20'
  • Movements:
    • I. The Sprite
    • II. The Siren
    • III. The Sphinx
    • IV. The Simurgh
    • V. The Sea Serpent
    • VI. The Shadhahvar

Performances

  • 26 MAY 2021
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing (excerpt)
  • UCLA (Livestream)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Kennethe Glendon Brown, piano
  • 5 MAR 2020
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing (excerpts) - Reading
  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Jihye Chang, piano