A Portrait of a Lady by Swan Lake
for Violin and Symphony Orchestra
Swan Lake is a timeless romantic ballet story that has it all - romance, tragedy, constant transformations of the main characters and the struggle between the good and the evil forces that control people's lives. Peter Tchaikovsky's music is also a timeless musical narrative that has it all. Despite all this, I felt tempted to try to look at the same story from a different angle.
Upon receiving the commission, I decided to make a violin soloist the main character in this tale. No other instrument perhaps can be better suitable for telling us how it feels for a young woman to be forced by an evil spell to the constant transformations between a swan during the daytime and into a human by night. Imagine this happening at every sunset and every dawn. Imagine all the physical pain and mental confusion when the feathers are falling off just for a few hours and breaking out again through the delicate human skin. Imagine the neck shrinking quickly and growing long again at the first signs of the rising sun. Imagine the human voice transforming again and again into an anxious cry of a bird. Imagine this happening night after night, morning after morning, for what seems to be an eternity until a foolish prince emerges from the enchanted forest. His unselfish love to a Swan Princess helps to finally break the spell.