Composed by Brian Elias. Book Only. Composed 2002. Chester Music #MUSCH55865. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH55865).
Geranos was commissioned by the Fires of London with funds made available by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It was completed in September 1985 and lasts approximately 18 minutes. It is dedicated to Susan Bradshaw. The first performance was given by the commissioners, conducted by Gunther Bauer Schenk on 5 November 1985 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Geranos is in three movements of nearly equal length (fast-slow-fast) playedwithout a break and preceded by a quiet introduction which is repeated in slightly modified form at the very end of the work. The chord used in the introduction dictates the material throughout the piece. The third movement'shadows' the first. The slow movement is sub-tilted 'Adonida', the name of a lament for Adonis who was also known as 'Gingras'. Women bearing images of Adonis and expressing the utmost grief proceeded through the streets,singing and dancing to the accompaniment of the aulos gingras.