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 common trout a detailed depiction of a sailor-consuming sea serpent.

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

Details

  • For solo piano
  • Category: Solo
  • Year Composed: 2020
  • Duration: 15'
  • Orchestration: pf

Performances

  • 5 MAR 2020
  • Marvels of Creatures and Strange Things Existing (excerpts) - Reading
  • UCLA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Jihye Chang, piano