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Kanaris, Leonidas: Orestes 



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    Leonidas Kanaris: ‘ORESTES’ for flute, opus 41a (2007 / 6’.30’’)

    This piece was inspired by the ancient Greek story of Orestes, as presented in Euripides’ homonymous tragedy (408 B.C.). The flute was chosen because of its affinity with the ancient Greek one–reed syrinx. At the same time, it constitutes a musical challenge for every composer, to write a piece for a solo monophonic instrument.
    There are references to the story, mainly restricted to the emotional state of the hero. Thus we have: agitation and fear, companionship, determination (with inhibitions), mania and fury, contemplation, anxiety, relief.
    The motivic ideas are drawn from the extant extracts from the authentic music of Euripides’ tragedy, as well as the ancient Greek tetrachords (chromatic and enarmonio). Its construction is based on the freely transformation of these motifs.
    The piece has been performed several times by the Polish flutist Iwona Glinka. Its slightly different version for trumpet (op. 41b) was performed by Rex Richardson.




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