Three Farewells

Three Farewells

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Instrumentation
Soprano, Flute, Viola, Harp
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Duration (min)
11:
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3

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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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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author
Poetry from the Greek Anthology, in English translation
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mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
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