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Prince Zal and the Simorgh by DAVID BRUCE


Prince Zal & The Simorgh was written for the LPO 'Brightsparks' series. Elements of Iranian music inspired a 15 minute orchestral work with narrator, telling a tale written by Sally Pomme Clayton, based on part of the epic Iranian/Persian poem The Shahnameh. The piece can be played by a standard conventional orchestra, but in its original version included parts for two professional Iranian musicians (percussion and Tanbur), a student 'Daf Ensemble' and parts for beginner violinists. The latter in particular are a fantastic addition to the piece, allowing young players to play alongside the professional players. Nevertheless the piece was devised with the flexibility of future performances in mind.

Many thanks to Kayhan Kalhor for his kind permission to use a
theme from “Shab-e Kavir” from the album “Night Silence Desert.”

Members of the Cornwall Youth Orchestra performing Prince Zal & The Simorgh at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms 2015

The young string players at the end of the performance

The Cornish Youth Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Fariborz Kiannejad and Arash Moradi with the orchestra

Sally Pomme Clayton and the LPO at the premiere in the Royal Festival Hall

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for narrator and orchestra

Pic,2 Fl(+Alto),2ob,CA,2cl,B.Cl, 2Bsn,Cbn,4Hn,3Tp,2Tb,B.Tb,Tuba,Timp,3 Perc, Iranian Tanbur (can be harp or other options), Iranian Percussion Solo (Daf, Tombak)- optional, Daf Ensemble (optional),Pno(+Celesta),Harp,Young Violins(optional),Strings
Percussion: Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Crotales, Marimba, Low Tom-tom, Bass Drum, Hi-hat, Dumbek, Egg Shaker, Caxixi

Duration c.15mins,
Composed 2012
First performance London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor David Angus, Sally Pomme Clayton - narrator, Fariborz Kiani – percussion, Arash Moradi – Tanbur, children from Jessop and Ashmole School , 23rd May 2012, Royal Festival Hall, London
Commissioned by Commissioned by the LPO and City University London

Past Performances

  • May 23 2012
    Royal Festival Hall, London (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sally Pomme Clayton, narrator)
    (LPO commission. World premiere)

  • Apr 12 2015
    Launceston Town Hall, Cornwall (Cornwall Youth Orchestra)

  • Apr 18 2015
    Truro Cathedral (Cornwall Youth Orchestra)

  • Jul 11 2015
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham (Cornwall Youth Orchestra (Music For Youth National Festival))

  • Nov 23 2015
    Royal Albert Hall, London (Cornwall Youth Orchestra )

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