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Four Mythological Pieces

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By Evan Schwartzman

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Piano Solo - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Evan Schwartzman. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic. Individual Part. 35 pages. Published by Evan Schwartzman (S0.612225).

Item Number: S0.612225

Four pieces for solo piano on mythological themes. 
The four pieces are: Voyage to Cythera, Circe’s Palace, Sirens, and Erinyes, the Mist Walker.
I. Voyage to Cythera (Κύθηρα) describes a sea voyage to the home of Aphrodite. The music captures some of the intense ambivalence of Baudelaire’s poem of the sametitle, alternating between feelings of expectation and dread.
 II. Circe’s Palace describes Odysseus’ crew coming upon the enchantress Circe(Κίρκη) in her stone palace, sitting at her loom. She invites them to a feast, whereshe drugs them and transforms them into swine.
 III. Sirens (Σειρῆνας) also paints a scene from the Odyssey. The Sirens were seanymphs who would entice sailors to their deaths through their seductive singing.When Odysseus and his men draw near to the Sirens, he orders them to stuff theirears with beeswax so that they cannot hear clearly. Odysseus has himself bound tothe mast of his ship, so that he can hear the song without risking his life.
IV. The Erinyes (Ερινυες) were an early Greek form of the Roman Furies. They were chthonic deities, born from the blood shed by Uranus when he was castrated byCronus. Their role was to punish men and women who had broken natural law,usually by driving their victims mad. The piece opens with the victim wanderingabout in mist, after which he is set upon and torn to pieces in a frenzy.

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