Publisher: Novello & Co
Symphony No. 7 (The Dreams of Gandalf) (1996),
commissioned by the Göteborgs Symfoniker
Novello & Co Ltd
The Seventh Symphony is related to J R R Tolkien's great novel " The Lord of the Rings". The symphony does not actually depict the events in the novel; rather it documents the reading experience and transfers the literary atmosphere and poetry into a musical expression.
"The Lord of the Rings" is a unique literary phenomenon: an entire mythology created by a single person.
Elements have crept into the musical content from other sources as well: for instance from the Provencal one-man flute-and-drum galoubet-tambourin music and two melodies from the medieval Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.
The symphony was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and composed in 1995-6.
© Aulis Sallinen