I'm not an official GPO user yet, but I have made the commitment to upgrade my hardware so I can get GPO just as soon as humanly possible. In the mean time, by way of introducing myself, here's a non-GPO composition of mine; The Elf King.
It was originally written for string quartet, but the solo string sounds sounds I had access to were so dreadful that last week I re-cast it for chamber orchestra.
Based on the Geothe poem Der Erlkönig, this tells the story of a man's desperate rush by horseback through the forest to save his sick child. The child, on the other hand, in his fever sees the Erlkönig, or "elf king" calling for him to come dance and play. "Will you dear boy, will you come with me My daughters soon they will wait on you; My daughters lead in the nightly dance And sway and dance and beckon to you." The man tells his son to ignore the calls, but in the end the boy succumbs to the invitation to go live with the elf king. The rhythm of the piece closely follows the verbal rhythms of the poem in the original German, and the point of view changes back and forth form the father, to the child's view of the elf king inviting to join in the games.
"Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?
Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind;
Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem Arm,
Er faßt ihn sicher, er hält ihn warm. ..."