Attic Tragedy : for symphony orchestra
by Melody Eötvös (2008)
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This work is based on the ancient Greek drama called "Attic
Tragedy" (Attica was a state in ancient Greece of which Athens
was the capital).
It was while reading Nietzsche, in particular The Birth of Tragedy that I discovered this form of ancient theatre existed, and thereafter became intrigued by the dichotomy between Dionysus (nature) and Apollo (rationality) as revealed throughout the dramatic masterpieces of this era.
There are said to be anywhere from four to six 'sections' belonging to the Attic Tragedy form, four of which are illustrated here.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1 doubling piccolo), oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, strings (min. 22.214.171.124.3).
Duration: 7 min.
Contents note: I. Agons (the challenge) -- II. The Messenger -- III. Threnos (Lament) -- IV. Anagnorisis (revelations, discovery).
First performance: by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra — 2008. TSO Composers School, Hobart
Performances of this work
2008: TSO Composers School, Hobart. Featuring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
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