Les Preludes Graphique

A small project attempting to illustrate a classical piece of music.

Procrastinating by digging through my external hardrive I found this project which I did as a commission for the London Arts Orchestra in 2010. Thought I would share it as I came to love this piece of music a lot, and maybe my minuscule addition of visuals will tempt you to enjoy it too.

The combo of the lot is in the videos above. Below are the original pictures, the piece of music and the poem that goes with them.

“What else is our life but a series of preludes to that unknown Hymn, the first and solemn note of which is intoned by Death?—Love is the glowing dawn of all existence; but what is the fate where the first delights of happiness are not interrupted by some storm, the mortal blast of which dissipates its fine illusions, the fatal lightning of which consumes its altar; and where is the cruelly wounded soul which, on issuing from one of these tempests, does not endeavour to rest his recollection in the calm serenity of life in the fields? Nevertheless man hardly gives himself up for long to the enjoyment of the beneficent stillness which at first he has shared in Nature’s bosom, and when “the trumpet sounds the alarm”, he hastens, to the dangerous post, whatever the war may be, which calls him to its ranks, in order at last to recover in the combat full consciousness of himself and entire possession of his energy”