Hic Svnt Dracones (2022)Symphony Orchestra
Duration: 9 minutes | Composed: 2022 | Commissioned: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra | Conducted by Johannes Fritzsch | World Premiere: April 2022 | Recording: Coming soon.
126.96.36.199/timp/1 perc/harp/strings (min 188.8.131.52.4)
It might come as a surprise that the famous words Hic Sunt Dracones, or “Here Be Dragons” aren’t actually mentioned on any old maps. The one possible exception to this is an ancient globe called the Hunt-Lenox Globe, built in 1510, which actually makes it one of the first European globes ever made.
This globe alone contains the famous warning “Hic Sunt Dracones” on the South-East coast of Asia. Old maps and globes
such as the Lenox Globe often contained uncharted territories where unknown beasts roam and writhe, and in the case of
the Lenox globe, where dragons stray.
This piece is a highly spirited attempt to capture a sense of adventure and of the unknown, with musical characters shifting quickly and moving somewhat unpredictably, navigating a world that is both chartered and undefined.
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