Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing

Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing is a set of six preludes for piano, each inspired by a mythological creature and dedicated to a musical mentor. The title of the piece alludes to Zakariya al-Qazwini’s eponymous thirteenth-century cosmographical treatise, containing descriptions of every living thing in existence, including many creatures which we may now consider mythological.

“The Sprite” portrays a nimble and mischievous fairy from European folklore. “The Siren” brings to mind the creatures from Homer’s Odyssey who lure sailors to their death with their enchanting singing voices. “The Sphinx” conjures up the mercilessly riddling creature of ancient Egyptian mythology. “The Simurgh” represents the enormous, benevolent bird from Persian mythology, who symbolizes rebirth. “The Sea Serpent” evokes a sinuous serpent who drags sailors to the depths of the ocean. “The Shadhahvar” depicts a legendary deer whose antlers create music when held in the wind, like an Aeolian harp.

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
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Performances

  • 14 MAY 2022
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing - Premiere
  • Prisoners of Hope: A Recital of Works by Kian Ravaei
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Brandon Zhou, piano
  • 26 MAY 2021
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing (excerpt)
  • UCLA (Livestream)
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Kenneth Glendon Brown, piano
  • 5 MAR 2020
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing (excerpts) - Reading
  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Jihye Chang, piano