Charles Tomlinson Griffes was an intriguing and fascinating man and composer. He was interested/obsessed with exotic subjects and ethnic legends (Druid, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Russian in particular) and was fascinated by the French Impressionist composers; Indeed Griffes is considered to be *the* early American Impressionist composer. Living only from 1884-1920, he was ahead of his time in the States as all of his music displays. I will have to remember to post more of Griffes, he is a special composer who crafted special music; always saturated with a strong sense of the mysterious.
The recondite "The Kairn of Koridwen", inspired by Druid legend is here presented in a "concert version" however I have a recording of the entire piece (which fills a whole disc) which I will unearth when I can. It's a highly atmospheric and unusual work and the listener feels, as in most of Griffe's pieces, that the terrain is unfamiliar but also welcoming-aurally and perhaps eerily dark, yet also light-what's around each corner one knows not.
Again, I will add info on the music when I'm feeling better.