The piece opens with the pristine, gentle snow-draped forested landscape, with flakes falling slowly from the sky. Into this scene, three noblemen out hunting ride slowly through the snow-covered land in single-file, bows in hand and wrapped in furs. They are weary from their travels, but keep their eyes open in hopes for something to bring back to the castle. They catch sight of a deer in the distance, and set off in pursuit. As the draw near, it runs in fright with the sound of their shouts, claxon cry, and galloping steeds. Faster they urge their horses, but to no avail! Alas, the deer disappears into a thick hedge where no horse could ride. Exhilaration, but defeated, they turn around and ride slowly back into the white land, disappearing the pristine wilderness as the deer emerges to return to its search for food.
This is my NEW entry for Bosa's contest. After witnessing the incredible energy and array of styles in use, I decided it would be best to write a more heartfelt and, well, less cliche piece. In this piece, a simple motif is used brought through a series of variations to evoke moods. Certain instruments have partial symbolism of the story (which was derived from the song, not written before I began, so it is slightly spontaneous).
About two hours went into the composition, with an additional hour towards additional mixing and mastering. As usual, no compression was used. WYHIWYG. :D
For any theory folks out there, if you listen closely, there are some neat things going on - first off, although the piece experiences a change from a D Minor/G Minor variation to G Major/D Major variation. There are several harp glisses with are actually G Harmonic Minor, giving it a neat feel.
Feel free to give any feedback, comments, ideas, or alternate interpretations (especially those!) on this piece!