New Sounds - Prince Zal and the Simorgh
Posted on 12 June 2012
Here's an extract which the LPO have kindly given me permission to post of my recent piece for narrator and orchestra, Prince Zal and the Simorgh. This is the final four minutes of the piece.
In the story, written and narrated by Sally Pomme Clayton - based on a story from the old Persian epic poem The Shahnameh - King Sam abandons his white-haired son on a deserted mountain. but it turns out the mountain is home to the magical bird, the Simorgh, who looks after the baby Prince Zal and raises him. Sixteen years later, King Sam's life has been lonely and miserable, and he sees the error of his ways. He comes to the mountain to pray for his sons forgiveness, and is astonished to see a white -haired boy jumping across the rocks. Zal tells the King the mountain is his home and he can't leave his mother - but then the Simorgh appears - and that's where we pick up the story: