The magical quest

Long, long ago, fairytale characters and sea monsters were common in the world and some places were too dangerous for people to live. This story tells of a magical quest in this very different land.

Dragons of many kinds roamed the earth to the East and West. Harpies flew in the skies, and the Unicorn could be glimpsed through the trees in old forests across the land. Scotland was also home to creatures of legend. The Scottish people shared the same land as fairytale characters and magical beings such as Faeries and Kelpies who were often seen near rivers and lochs.

One of the most evil of all the world’s creatures lurked in the North-West of Scotland. This was the cruel sea monster named Misterstourworm, where he came from is shrouded in mystery; no one knows his origin or age. This gigantic sea monster, a revolting serpent had terrorised the people of Tiree for hundreds of years and the lord of the land was weary from trying to destroy him. Coran, a young boy from one of the villages, steps up and offers to go on the magical quest to defend his people. The lord laughs at the young lad saying "you're just a daft boy" but Coran pleads and shows his determination and the lord finally allows him to go.

Coran's magical quest to free his people begins...

His journey is an adventure of great courage, encountering fairytale characters and supernatural friend and foe, but will he succeed in killing the giant sea monster?

The Music... A note from the composer, Savourna Stevenson

The story and the music for Misterstourworm and the Kelpie's gift were conceived and grew together. Although I had decided to write a piece of classical music for children, a Scottish "Peter and the wolf", I knew that I wanted to aim this new work at a slightly older audience: to create an action packed adventure, a kind of magical quest for the whole family. While specific instruments are used in Peter and the wolf to depict characters, I have used themes and motifs that are developed and grow along with the plot. I have used a large orchestra in order to represent the awesome size of the sea monster. The work is full of musical images which are easily recognisable: the terrifying sea monster on the brass and lower woodwind, the shimmering magic of the fairy queen, the whinnying of the sad Kekpie on the woodwind and the exhilarating full ensemble of the chase and the fight. It was always my aim that the music should illustrate the story so closely that on second hearing, there would be no need for the narrative.

Click here to listen to the sea monster Misterstourworm Intro Sample

Click here to listen to The Faerie Queen Sample

 

Misterstourworm... Close

Misterstourworm is a giant fire breathing worm-like monster that scorched the earth with his fiery breath, which meant trying to attack him was an almost impossible task. For centuries he was the scourge of the land of Tiree and many a Lord led his best fighters to their death trying to rid their land of this cruel beast. He is unusual for a sea serpent, his sheer gargantuan scale as well as the fact that he breathed fire made him very different from other dragon-like creatures. Wise men and mystics had told of two kinds of dragon-like beasts that were once found around our coast - the Winged beasts, usually fire breathing, and the Worm beasts, typically very large, wingless, these were the traditional sea monsters. Misterstourworm seems to be a mixture of both and obviously isn't one or the other.

Where Misterstourworm came from is also shrouded in mystery, no one knows his origin or age. Worm like creatures were once common in the Norse lands and some say he came from there. Nevertheless he settled off the coast of Tiree where he terrorised the people. When not ravaging the coast and land he could be seen asleep on a vast sand bank, his huge body writhing over and through the sea into the distance.

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MisterstourwormCoranKelpieFaerie QueenLord of Tiree