Paestum (2013)

For Sinfonietta

1111/1110/1perc/pno/11111

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Commissioned by International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and
the International Society of Information Centres for the Melos Ethos Ensemble
for premiere at the 2013 ISCM World Music Days (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Program Note:

My ideas for “Paestum” began to take shape in the summer of 2013 as I visited Paestum, an Italian site settled by the Greeks in 700 B.C., situated 50 miles outside of Naples. There, I came upon the ruins of the Temples of Athena and Hera, each temple’s colossal pillars towering silently in an open field, creating solemn shrines that open to the sky above. Adjacent to these were the ruins of the ancient city, the walls of homes that now stood no more than a foot high, the mosaic floor tiles still largely intact and the road that cut through the center of the town still showing the wagon ruts from hundreds of years past. Walking through these remnants of a time long-abandoned and imagining the lives that once flourished where I stood, and all those who had visited since, ignited my musical imagination. This experience was just a starting point for my ideas as my piece began to take its own journey as I followed my musical characters around. The music contains sections of kinetic intensity and also those of stillness. “Paestum” was commissioned by International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and the International Society of Information Centres. BMOP has recorded the sinfonietta and orchestral versions of “Paestum” for an upcoming CD release on BMOP Sound.


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Performed live by the Melos Ethos Ensemble
Daniel Gazon, conductor

Duration: 8 minutes


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