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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Project: Musical Story of the First Age of Middle Earth and of the Quenta Silmarillion

My friends and fans... It's time to embark on a longer musical voyage. After watching the (possibly) final episode in the series of J.R.R. Tolkien movies by Peter Jackson, I've recently taken into my head to start and work on a really big and inspirational project. I'll try to give my musical sight into the history of the Ainurs, genesis of Arda and the Quenta Silmarillion and neighboring tales by Tolkien, for my own and probably your enjoyment. I'm planning on going through the most important episodes of the epic genesis of Middle Earth to the First Age. Not exactly decided how far, and how long and how detailed, but this is where I feel I can draw a lot of inspiration from at these next months. I've started out with a new one I call (not too much originality, right? :)) the Music of the Ainurs (Ainulindale) . It's so far so good. Expect the first chapter of this long story in the coming weeks.

"There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Ilúvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought..."
—First words of the Ainulindalë
Also you can check an image of my not so old instance of the book in the article called The Silmarillion, which tells and sings the Quentas. To revive all pertaining memories of the mythology, and strengthen my vision for the first episode I'm working on. This book was first published in 1977 in Great Britain.

Ainulindale by Alassea Earello
As a word of warning, I might have an issue with the copyrights using the names and notions created by Tolkien, so it will be highly probable that I'll need to invent new names for publishing the material.

Honestly I'm looking forward to pouring my inspiration into it. and yet the bar is set really high this time, I feel the topic demands the next level of perfection. My goal is to remain in the boundaries of enjoyable music (I couldn't really do much else anyway ) yet if possible with classical values of dynamics and variety of structure..Also be prepared for the addition of some very sophisticated modern ambient like synthesizers, as I feel it adequate to pronounce some characteristics of the tale. Synthesizers, just as classical instruments can represent a high order and also great improbabilities. It's going to be used humbly and modestly, to underline the power of the musical material. 

Summing it up, I hope I won't stumble too much on the way, and also I wanted to articulate my gratitude towards all of you for your continuous support!

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