Three Dances is based on the Greco-Romano tripartite representation of Diana-Selene-Hecate, known as Diana Nemorensis.
Representations of the goddess feature on several coins, one the most celebrated being a denarius minted by Publius Accoleius Lariscolus in September–December 43 B.C. It shows her three manifestations standing within a cypress grove surrounded by her typical attributes - a bow and quiver, a clasped open gown and flowers or cereal, possibly poppies or wheat. Each movement is prefaced by a quotation which highlights a characteristic interpreted within the music. The piece was written especially for Diana Mathews and is dedicated to her with admiration.
'She carries a quiver on her shoulder, and overtops all the other goddesses as she walks'
Virgil, Aeneid 1. 494 ff.
'Hecate whose name is howled by night at the city cross-roads.'
Virgil, Aeneid 4. 609 ff.
'Daughter of Helios, Mene [Selene] of many turnings.'
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 44. 198 ff
The work was premiered by Diana Mathews on 19th August 2013 at St. James’ Piccadilly, London.