Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) — Galadhriel Phantasy (2015) for organ
"Galadhriel Phantasy" (2015) was inspired by a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's writings, especially "The Lord of the Rings."
The composer writes: "The piece is a meditation on the temptations of power. The beginning with the main theme depicts Galadriel's wisdom, which is increasingly threatened by the temptation of possessing the ring. The frequent chromaticism signifies the constant balance between good and evil in human life. In a tumultuous central part, Galadriel seems to be losing herself, but fragments of her wisdom—a related theme—sometimes appear, and she decides to pursue her bright side and give up temptation. So the wisdom theme appears again, and the ending of the piece is majestic: it represents the victory of discernment and knowledge. The presence of the H in the title name Galadhriel and in Phantasy is related to her unusual language."
Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) is an Italian composer. Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres, developing a personal language that is concerned with the blend of past and present. Her compositions have been performed frequently around the world. Ferrari's music appears on several CD recordings, including three all-Ferrari organ CDs: two recorded by Carson Cooman (2014/16) and another by Peter Clark (2015). She is currently the chair of music composition at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China.