Music has always been used to help us tell stories. Think of incidental music in plays, the music in songs, musicals and operas; and soundtracks to movies and video games.
But music also tells its own stories.
Each instrument has such a distinctive voice – and I figure, if you mix together the most famous melodies that have been written for a particular instrument, you’ll find a fantastical character emerges – a character with a magical story to tell.
Starting this weekend on CBC Music and on In Concert, the show I host on CBC Radio 2, the instruments of the orchestra come to life on Orchestral Tales, a brand new season of The Signature Series. I’m pretty excited to share this – I’ve been working hard on this along with Denise Ball, the executive producer of In Concert.
On Orchestral Tales, you’ll meet vivid characters inspired by the instruments of the orchestra.
Follow along here – new tales will be published every Friday for the next ten weeks, starting on Friday, January 6th.