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The congas and taiko drums are the rhythms of commerce. They travel down the crystal river that flows from the dwarven mountains, into the magical forest of the elves, and then down into the valley of men. The marimba is the gathering of elves that live in the forest along the river. Under the benevolent leadership of their Elder Magus (the bassoon playing the main melody at the beginning), they trade goods with the men of the valley (horns). The elven maiden (clarinet) is the ambassador of the elves and joins in the transactions to make sure that everything flows smoothly. After the day's commerce in the forest is complete, the large trading entourage of elves and men now floats down the river into the valley of the men.
In the valley of the men, there are now many goods to be taken from the barges and placed on horseback (the entrance of the kick drum and acoustic bass), so they can be taken into into the neighboring plains of Kashmir and traded with the inhabitants of the Eastern kingdom that lies within the enchanted realms. Once the horses have been loaded, they are ready to run.
The piece now starts over and repeats the beginning passage as the entire entourage is now on horseback and getting ready to ride. The Elder Magus of the forest elves, who is riding the lead stallion, gives the signal and the entire group of men and elves on horseback begin to ride. The sleigh bell is the sound of the horses hooves, as they begin their journey across the plains. The form of the composition repeats, except now there is the bass and drum rhythm section (now playing a very consistent rhythmic figure of eighth notes) of horses to carry the men and elves to their destination. After the group's speed has picked up and their pace intensifies, the snare drum kicks in, signaling that the group has entered the luxurious borders of the Eastern kingdom of Kashmir. The massive group reaches the magnificent capital city and then come to rest within its beautiful gardens and luxurious orchards. They have reached their goal and the piece ends.
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