The work has no literary support for its inspiration, but the fantastic universe is built around the very evocative name that the title represents.
Three themes structure « Les maîtres sorciers ».
The first uses the flickering of glockenspiel, vibraphone and cymbal to express a supernatural universe. This universe is nothing but an invitation to a magic ritual. From this ceremonial magic comes the second theme.
This represents a general frenzy that materializes in a boisterous samba. Excitement sometimes mingles with hidden anxiety and leads to general obstinacy.
Finally the third theme is expressed by the melancholy sweetness of the English horn. Very quickly, it is both a sweetness enveloped by the sparkle of glockenspiel, but also by the sweetness of bewitching basses.
These themes evolve throughout the work without ever intervening. They highlight the fantasy world of « Les maîtres sorciers ».