To start off our Music Month celebration, Christopher interviewed Rachel Hartman on the art of overtone singing and its effect on her latest novel, Shadow Scale. Since then, we’ve also released Christopher’s Inheritance Cycle writing music, Stefan Bachmann’s and Brandon Sanderson’s playlists, along with bonus footage featuring Karen Bao. This week’s Music Month post highlights more from the lovely Rachel Hartman and Eleanor Glewwe!
As mentioned above, Paolini.net featured Rachel’s interview with Christopher earlier this month . . . but we didn’t share it all! There was simply too much great footage to reveal everything in one go! So we saved this delightful morsel to surprise you with today:
And here is a generous helping of some of the music she mentioned:
“The piece of music I most strongly associate with Sparkers, and particularly my main character Marah, is the Prelude from J. S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied cello. It has an austere quality that evokes the city of Ashara in winter, and the more anguished parts remind me of what Marah goes through as she tries to save her brother and her best friend. When I was revising Sparkers, I would sometimes play this prelude to get myself in the right mood for working on the book. I’ve picked this version played by Rostropovich, but I also like János Starker’s faster, more urgent rendition.”
Don’t forget to join the celebration with your own playlists. We would love to hear the music that reminds you of the land of Alagaësia and its inhabitants!
* Want more inspiration? Check out our collection of guest articles and interviews here!