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Music At the Lady's Behest

by Kathryn Davidson

This anticipated first album features music based on the upcoming book of the series "Gods Among Men" entitled At the Lady's Behest. The themes within introduce you to the depth of the main characters, their world, trials, and triumphs.
Genre: Easy Listening: Orchestral
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1. The Story Begins
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2. Damon, Movement 1: Sorrow Set in Stone
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3. Damon, Movement 2: Suprannua
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4. Damon, Movement 3: The Rider Awakens
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5. I Remember Marcus
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6. Guildtown At Dawn
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7. The Princess, Tara
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8. Guildhall
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9. I Remember Marcus (Reprise)
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10. Arabella
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11. The Wizard's Song
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12. Zephyr
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13. Dog Days of Ilium
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14. Ilium
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15. Artemis in Motion
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16. Music Box
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17. Hymn to the Lady
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18. At the Lady's Behest
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
At the Lady's Behest takes place within a society controlled by two things: the powerful wizards that make up the Guild, and the religion of the Lady. An incredibly powerful wizard, Damon Roth, seeks to change the future he has already seen by collecting key players and guiding them towards an outcome that will save the whole world. These key figures included Artemis Arrowsmith, a near-feral scout for the military with a harsh and tragic past; Morel, prince of Zephyr who is only along to protect his daughter; Tara, headstrong young princess who needs to serve the Guild to gain a crown; and Blifil, the heft old wizard who dislikes everyone who is not himself. This music is my interpretation of this world and the people therein, but can be enjoyed by themselves. With driving rhythms, melancholy chants, and strong orchestral interpretation, Music at the Lady's Behest can inspire you to the great heights possible within the Guildtown society!

All the music in this album was made using Sibelius 7 music writing software, and many, many readings of this story. While the book has not been released yet, I love this music so much I wanted to share it with you. The music has been edited to make a book trailer, to be released upon the publishing of this book. Sharing this music with others has also led to being asked to write music for others' books - some still in the works - as well as another book trailer and two new YouTube series. One new theme was even debuted at the 2014 DragonCon, sparking many requests for the creation of a second album. It is for these reasons that I have finally compiled an album of my first forays into book soundtracks.

The Story Begins – The first piece of music I wrote based on the writings of another. I wanted to create a grand entrance for when one first opens the book.

Damon Movement 1: Sorrow Set in Stone – Damon Roth is a powerful and lonely wizard, who sees the arduous path set before him and knows it cannot be changed. This contemplative piece strives to show his resolve as well as his sadness. A very discordant and resonant piece.

Damon Movement 2: Suprannua – Also known as “the wizard’s curse,” Suprannua gives long life… and then horrifically strips it all away. Strong wizards fear the curse more than the weak do, and Damon is the strongest wizard out there. This song has a feeling of devolution, signifying the change that all wizards go through at the end.

Damon Movement 3: The Rider Awakens – After Damon shakes himself into action, he rides off on his sleek black horse, under cover of rain, to break that which is unbreakable, and to gather his team together. Heavy use of drums and repetition of threes accentuate this.

I Remember Marcus – While alone, Artemis reflects on her lost love and friend, Marcus. This is interpreted by a solemn string quartet.

Guildtown at Dawn – Morel takes Tara on her first visit to Guildtown. The song reflect what Tara sees, hears, and feels as she rides down the Longroad of this magnificent and bustling capital.

The Princess, Tara – Her personal anthem reflects her naivety as well as her strength of character. What starts out small and soft grows into an anthem that will follow her through life.

Guildhall – The magnificent building that stands as the heart of the Guild of wizards is brought to life in this sweeping anthem. Heralded by horns and strengthened by strings, it stands imposing and strong.

I Remember Marcus Reprise – In a dream, Artemis remembers how Marcus died, and her ache of lost love shows in this simple grouping of flute, harp, and Spanish guitar.

Arabella – The unicorn that was Artemis’ friend became a weapon of vengeance and remembrance in this piece. It is sad, that is true. But there is also a small, underlying current of revenge that makes this song memorable.

The Wizard’s Song – A chant sung by wizards when taking vows or gathering strength, this string ensemble uses plainsong in a round to give the somber melody power.

Zephyr – The principality of Morel, Prince of Zephyr is given tribute in this sweeping fanfare. Brass and drums dominate the orchestral arrangement that gives Zephyr a feeling of invincibility.

Dog Days of Ilium – Ilium was built to house Gogs and Magogs alike. Back in its heyday, they lived, breeded, and armed themselves endlessly, filling the magical fortress with their own strange brand of music.

Ilium – Ilium today is a fantasy place that most have never heard of. Those that know of it have never seen it. It lives in myth and imagination, but it is real and still full of magic. The simple use of pitched percussion and harp help give it a tangibility.

Artemis in Motion – Artemis’ anthem. Starting with the death of Marcus, through her time with the Gogs, and her present association with Damon, her growing insanity is the only thread through this often discordant piece. Her military experience is symbolized by a large array of percussion, and Marcus is remembered by bells.

Music Box – A wish in an endless bag brings forth the Music Box, which to Artemis symbolizes what she desperately wants but cannot have. The clockwork feel of this piece – pitched percussion and harp – is methodical like a music box. But if you listen closely, you can find more meaning than that…

Hymn to the Lady – The highest deity in the religion of the realm, the Lady is an enigma. Her hymn is solemn and doleful, but beautiful and mysterious.

At the Lady’s Behest – The ending salvo to the reading of a good story. It is like The Story Begins, but arranged to sound more like the end of something. Same heavy orchestral flair.

A companion album to this is Piano at the Lady's Behest, where most of the themes in this album are remade for solo and duet pianos. If you like this album, please check out the companion set.

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