Harpsichord - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Joseph Dillon Ford. 20th Century, Neo-Classical. Sheet Music Single. 10 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.429593).
Item Number: S0.429593
The pdf file contains all the movements in order.
The sound sample is an electronic preview
The movements are:
1 Hyacinthus was a fair youth beloved by Apollo, god of the sun and music. According to myth, the West Wind (Zephyrus) was jealous of Apollo, and blew a discus off its course so that it struck Hyacinthus, mortally wounding him. Grief-stricken by this loss, Apollo transformed the young man into a beautiful flower whose petals bear the Greek words, "Ai, ai!"--"Alas, alas!"
2 The Three Graces of ancient Greek myth bore names which are anything but graceful to pronounce in modern English: Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia. Also known as the Charities, these daughters of Zeus were the attendants of Aphrodite, goddess of Love.
3 The sculptor Pygmalion created an ivory statue that embodied his ideal of womanhood. When he prayed to Aphrodite to bring his sculpture to life, his wish was granted and he soon married the beautiful Galatea.
4 Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, gave Theseus a ball of thread known as a "clew" so that he could find his way out of the labyrinth where he would otherwise have been devoured by the dreaded Minotaur. Theseus later abandoned Ariadne on the island of Naxos, where she remarried the god Bacchus and bore many children.
5 With Ariadne's help, Theseus slew the Minotaur and emerged unharmed from the labyrinth of King Minos. In this manner, he brought an end to the annual tribute paid to the Cretan King--seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls who would otherwise have been fed to the horrible monster!
6 The Furies were spirits who hounded and punished those who dared to commit crimes. Their names are almost as fearful as their vengeance: Alecto ("Unresting"), Megaera ("Jealous"), and Tisiphone ("Avenger").
7 Castor and Pollux were twin sons of Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods who took the form of a magnificent swan to attract their mortal mother, Leda. Castor was a celebrated horseman, while Pollux was a highly skilled boxer. For their heroic exploits with the Argonauts and during the Calydonian boar hunt, they were transformed upon death into the constellation Gemini. Today they are perhaps best known as "the Dioscuri".
Rubens depicted Castor and Pollux abducting their first cousins--the daughters of their uncle, Leukyppos, who bore the names Phoebe and Hilaera respectively. Although the young women were already betrothed, Castor and Pollux were so enamored of them that they spirited the young women away and ultimately took them as wives.
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