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.
The instruments of the orchestra come to life on Orchestral Tales, season three of The Signature Series. The series first aired in 2016 on In Concert on CBC Music.
On the previous seasons of the Signature Series, you met personalities based on the major and minor key signatures.
On Orchestral Tales, you’ll meet vivid characters inspired by the instruments of the orchestra.