Ondine | Symphony Orchestra

Ondine | Symphony Orchestra



Instrumentation: Symphony Orchestra ( / 4.2.2. / strings)

Duration: 11 Minutes

Written For: Nathan Aspinall and the New England Conservatory Philharmonic

Program Notes: A little over a year ago I had a few (male) friends not-so-casually compare me to Ondine. I looked her up, and there she was in Gaelic literature as a nature spirit who was born a fairy and then decided to delve into the sea and become a water spirit. The stories of her talk of her beauty and siren-like qualities leading men to follow her into the sea and drown in the cold, murky water. I felt that Ondine's tale is a sad one, not one of some vengeful feminine spirit, so I made friends with her, decided to interpret her story as one of solitude, despair and confusion, but ultimately self-redemption. In this piece, you'll hear a prologue and epilogue of waves and sea-sounds. Ondine sings and witnesses yet another death in Part I. Her decision to forgive herself for these deaths and dance anyway is depicted in Part II.

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