Dreamweaver

SATB, piano, string orchestra
Lyrics: Trad./C.A. Silvestri
Language: English
Duration: 20 mins.

 

The text for Dreamweaver is based on parts of the well-known Norwegian medieval folk poem Draumkvedet, an epic ballad that has a lot in common with Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The protagonist, Olav ├ůsteson, falls asleep on Christmas Eve and sleeps for thirteen days. He wakes up and rides to church to describe his dreams to the congregation about his brave, beautiful, terrifying, and ultimately redeeming journey through the afterlife. For this composition, the Draumkvedet poem has been adapted into a playful interpretation in English penned by Charles Anthony Silvestri.

 

The recommended minimum number of strings is 24, divided into 8/6/4/4/2, but the work can also be performed with fewer (or ideally more) strings than that.

 

1. Prologue
2. Dreamsong
3. The Bridge
4. Intermezzo
5. Paradise
6. Dominion
7. Epilogue