Three Farewells

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Scoring & Instrumentation
Soprano, Flute, Viola, and Harp
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
11
Movements
I. On the Death of Cleopatra-Selene
II. Helen of Troy
III. Orpheus

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Composer's Note:

Three Farewells, written in 1984, explores the subject of parting as portrayed in three poems of Greek Antiquity. The first poem, written in Greek epigram form, mourns the death of Queen Cleopatra-Selene. Daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Cleopatra-Selene was also named after the moon-goddess Selene. It was said that, in tribute at her death, the moon went into an eclipse. The second poem, assembled from fragments, tells of the flight of Helen from Greece and the tragic aftermath of her decision. The third poem, again in epigram form, is a bitter and moving lament on the death of Orpheus. The final lines of this poem shift the emphasis to a broader mourning, that of the utter helplessness of humanity to escape the ultimate destiny of death.

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New 2021 engraved edition from 1984 original.

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author
Poetry from the Greek Anthology, in English translation
Ensemble Type
solo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments
Genre/Theme
Instrument
Soprano , flute , flute (dbl picc) , harp , viola

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