Description

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This composition is inspired, like many other works of mine by Greek mythology. Aeolus was a minor
Ancient Greek God, the controller, the ruler, and the keeper of the Four Winds. In my work, Aeolus is
depicted with the bass clarinet in a multitude of sonic manifestations and contrasts, while the string
orchestra acts mainly as an acoustic filter, reacting to the sounds generated by the clarinet.
Sometimes, the orchestra competes for virtuosity and textural space with the clarinet, sometimes is in
dialogue with the soloist, and sometimes it is in conflict. Towards the end of the piece however, this
relationship becomes more symbiotic, within a soundscape where the string orchestra and the bass clarinet
work together to create one unified collective timbre.


Aeolus is virtuosic in nature, both in a traditional and a modern sense of the word. The clarinet and the
strings play very fast, rhythmically challenging passages. At other times however, a different level of
virtuosity is called for, a virtuosity of sound and color, requiring high levels of precision. This virtuosity
manifests itself in the form of precise multiphonics, extended techniques and timbral extensions. This
dialectic between features found in a traditional concerto and more coloristic elements dominate the formal
hierarchy of the entire composition, and ultimately give this piece its final shape.

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Duration
17 minutes
Premiere


George Georgiou (bass clarinet), with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Herzog, Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus, 7 March 2024

Scoring
1 Solo Bass Clarinet in B-flat, 1 Orchestral Strings
Composition date
2024

Performances

8 March 2024 Markideio Municipal Theatre, Paphos, Cyprus

George Georgiou (solo bass clarinet), with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Herzog

7 March 2024 Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus

George Georgiou (solo bass clarinet), with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Herzog

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