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The Bridge : TO GEFIRI

by Themos Mexis (1974)

Mexis plays Mexis.

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The Bridge / music: Themos Mexis ; lyrics: George Loukas.

Library shelf no. 782.554/MEX 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A tale of the haunted medieval bridge in Arta, north west Greece. It is said to have the body of the master builder's wife buried in it's foundations...."as the builder crosses at dusk he still hears her cries and weeps...".

Work Details

Year: 1974

Instrumentation: Tenor/Baritone soloist, SATB choir, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harp, 2 bouzouki, timpani, percussion, strings.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Mexis Orchestra, Themos Mexis, Stavros Hartofilis, Mexis Choir — 3 Oct 76. Sydney Town Hall

This composition form is based on the Greek 'rembetika' style song and Byzantine chant. The chorus is in 9/4 [traditionally 9/8] the "Zembekiko" dance rhythm. This is a proud emotional and expressive dance was traditionally danced solo.

Libretto, by George Loukas, based on Greek myth "The master builder".

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Performances of this work

28 Sep 97: Themos Mexis in Concert, Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Themos Mexis, Sandy Constantopedos, Mexis Choir, SBS Youth Orchestra.

3 Oct 76: Sydney Town Hall. Featuring Mexis Choir, Themos Mexis, Stavros Hartofilis, Mexis Orchestra.

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