Stephen D. Forman

Stephen D. Forman

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Classical - Post-Romantic | Seattle, Washington, United States
Total Song Plays: 877   
Member Since: 2011
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Foo Fighters, Claude Debussy

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Plays:

148

Song Description

The piece begins square and deliberate, as divided cellos establish an ominous progression which takes our footsteps trudging heavily into the desert sands. Before long, tension is broken by graceful woodwinds ascending from the depths to establish what will become one of the recurring thematic elements. The piece gains fire as a secondary motive--a foreshadowing of the climax--is boldly exclaimed by the bassoons and trombones. With the major themes exposed, what follows are traded variations between soaring strings, cresting trumpets, and a whirling dervish of a flute, before the piece picks up speed inexorably toward a dancelike B-section. Led by a dolce clarinet, the rhythmic dance becomes increasingly frenetic and hastened, reflecting our protagonist's delirium. The orchestration grows dense and punctuated, the pace exhaustive and thirst-quenched. As past thematic elements are recalled, the piece swells toward visions of relief. Without warning, an oasis of dreamlike calm washes over us, conveyed first by trancelike violins, then joined by a cool and dark orchestra. A clarinet and oboe trade whispers of the morning's theme as night falls.

Story Behind the Song

Inspired by the "The Rubaiyat" of Omar Khayyam with its quatrains both meditative and exotic, the composer sought to create a lush orchestral landscape of his own. The artist's statement describes "Blaring sun, shifting sands, yet also exquisite serene beauty... as thirst and exhaustion overtake him, he dreams sweetly of an oasis surrounded by palm trees."

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Lyrics

None

Song Length
8:15
Genres
Classical - Post-Romantic, Electronic - General
Tempo / Feel
Multiple Tempos
Lead Vocal
Instrumental
Moods
Serene, Frenetic

Subject Matter
Desert, Sleep, Tired, Fatigued

Similar Artists
Tchaikovsky, Yes
Language
No Language
Era
1990 - 1999

Lyric Credits N/A
Music Credits Stephen D. Forman
Producer Credits Stephen D. Forman
Publisher Credits Moorglade Music Publishing
Performance Credits Stephen D. Forman
Label Credits Moorgalde Music Publishing