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Pygmalion and Galatea : for cello and piano

by Connor Fogarty (2020)

Work Overview

The title of this piece refers to a short episode in Greek myth. The sculptor, Pygmalion, falls in love with the statue of a beautiful woman that he created. Pygmalion prays to Aphrodite, the goddess of love in the hope that she will bring the statue to life. His wish is granted, and the statue becomes a woman, Galatea. The couple marry and live a happy life together (which is a rarity in Greek myth).

The piece is structured as a series of episodes, each of which loosely represent the emotions that I consider to be associated with the myth: yearning, frustration, hope, excitement, passion, and tranquility. No attempt is made retell any specific narrative events. Much of the thematic material is built around the interval of a minor sixth which is associated in my mind with the yearning quality that pervades the story.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Umberto Clerici, Daniel de Borah — 13 Jun 21. Elder Hall, Adelaide

Prizes/Awards: Winner of the 2020/21 Accompanists' Guild of South Australia Composition Award

Performances of this work

13 Jun 21: Elder Hall, Adelaide. Featuring Umberto Clerici, Daniel de Borah.

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