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

 

Coran... Close

Coran and his parents live on a small piece of land near Tiree. They tend cattle and grow vegetables all in the shadow of the black brooding mountains that surround them. As Coran is a little older than his other brothers, he also mends the fishing nets that his father uses to fish by the shores of the Atlantic when the stormy seas allow. It's not all work for Coran though. The boys also learn how to use wooden swords and defend themselves with the targe shield. Coran is especially proud of his targe as his father made this for him as a present for his last birthday. Coran often dreams of being a man amongst men when he grows up, but is his adventure about to come sooner than he thinks?

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MisterstourwormCoranKelpieFaerie QueenLord of Tiree