After completing our latest assignment, it turns out another compositional strength of mine is working with narrative elements. Usually when I create movement it is just for movement’s sake. However, I approached this assignment, using the song ” The Banshee” composed by Henry Cowell, a different way.
After messing around with some movement, none of which I particularly liked, I decided to research a little more about banshees. Banshees are mythical beings of Irish folklore, appearing with long hair as either a beautiful woman or a hag, that appear at homes and wail at the impending death of a loved one.
Next, I realized that I heard the music in seven sections, which immediately made the connection to the seven stages of grief.
With this part of a narrative, I started to choreograph. This in turn inspired the finished narrative of this composition: how does the banshee grieve when she loses a loved one?