Der Erlkönig in the Ruins of a German Castle!

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s transcription of Franz Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, based on a poem by Goethe, is considered to be one of the most difficult violin pieces ever written. The story describes the death of a child attacked by the Erlking, a supernatural creature. 

German-Korean violinist Christian Kim brings the haunting tale of Goethe’s text to life in the ruins of a 13th century German castle. In an interview with The Violin Channel, Kim says: “The idea for the film was for the visuals to tie to the dramatic story of Goethe’s poem and Schubert’s arrangement – with the tree symbolising ‘the father’ and the castle ruins representing the spirit of the ‘Erlkönig’.” This film is Kim’s way of weaving the quality of classical music with the 21st century’s need for visual storytelling.

Watch the video below!