Paul Joseph's symphonic composition "The King of the Mask" performed by the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra 9-27-15 at Mary's Nativity Church, New York, NY. Dong-hyun Kim, conductor. https://www.facebook.com/Qu...
"A Towering, Exhilarating World Premiere"
from NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY:
"The concert hit a towering, exhilarating, majestic peak with the world premiere of the symphonic version of Paul Joseph‘s King of the Mask. Originally a piano suite for ballet, the composer takes his inspiration and the work’s title from the series of paintings by visual artist Roman Valdes. Perhaps due to Valdes’ background in puppetmaking, there’s a carnivalesque quality to his work, drawing on 60s psychedelia as much as impressionism, Joseph’s music reflecting the latter a lot more than the former. This magnum opus turned out to be both Joseph’s Pictures at an Exhibition and his Scheherezade, a major work in the neoromantic repertoire that will be performed widely once conductors discover it. It’s a twenty-part series of variations on several cinematic themes. Among them: a heroic overture worthy of Tschaikovsky or Cesar Franck, both crushing and poignant; a balmy, summery pastorale; bitterly moody, Ravel-esque rainscapes; monster-on-the-prowl menace; nebulous cloudscapes that grew stormy and ominous; and a lushly swirling climactic theme that will probably get plenty of movie soundtrack action in the years to come. Joseph’s orchestration filled the hall from the murkiest registers of the basses to the very top end of the violins and winds.
And the spectacle didn’t stop with the music; surprises from dancers and a cameo for singers lept from the far corners of the hall when least expected, to max out the mystery. Joseph, who is the orchestra’s composer in residence, implored the crowd to be still until the suite was over – this ensemble being a rapidly emerging borough institution, this audience knows Joseph’s work and likes it. They finally rewarded the performance with an explosive series of standing ovations."
PUBLISHED: October 2, 2015. Full article: https://newyorkmusicdaily.w...
Experience the grand illusion of “The King of the Mask” - a multidisciplinary symphonic fantasy for orchestra, performed by composer Paul Joseph in this piano arrangement.
“The King of the Mask” is the lifelong reflection of the celebrated visual artist Roman Valdes. As a boy, tormented by the realization of death, he crowned himself as “The King of the Mask,” which immortalized him in an eternal existence within a world in which fantasy and reality become indistinguishable.
Once composer Paul Joseph entered into the mysterious world of the King, he was inspired to bring out the images, colors, moods and feelings of the Kingdom through a fifty-minute musical fantasy. Experience the grand illusion of “The King of the Mask.”
King’s Theme 0:00
Crystal Lake 9:26
The Ambassador 11:54
The Serpent 14:03
The Storm 16:17
Tolling of the Bells 20:30
The Garden 22:11
Longing I 30:21
Raindrops / Crystal Lake reprise 32:16
Mysterious Forest 34:42
Longing II 37:55
Triumph reprise 39:49
Chase of Destiny 40:26
Little Waltz 43:41
King’s Theme reprise 45:20
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