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An Orange for Soprano/Tenor and Guitar

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Voice and Guitar, Classical Guitar - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
21st Century, Modern, Swing, World. Score, Solo Part. 11 pages. Published by Silver Sickle Publications (S0.598783).

Item Number: S0.598783

This witty and extremelyfun work to perform by composer Apostolos Paraskevas was conceived after realevents. There is a version for Soprano/tenor and Piano and one for guitar aswell. Easy to perform and the text was inspired of the following narrative.

I Slaughtered an Orangeover the Sink...

...and it just sat there…It didn't say a word, not a sound of anguish, not evenwhen my teeth started to tear apart it's flesh little by little... I knew itwas a special orange but I couldn't fathom the magnitude of its character…Evenwhen gentle I took it away from its friends there at the top of the kitchencounter, it looked at me almost with a sense of gratitude. Yes, gratitude.! Asif it was saying: "Thank you! Thank you for helping me to fulfill thepurpose of my life…Since I was a little seed I knew I would serve a higherpurpose. My sacrifice will help a human to become a healthier mother, doctor,composer, a better scientist".

Yes, I think I felt it said…a better composer as well.

...and there I was, sinking my teeth deep inside its flesh and taking all ofwhat it had to offer. It's life, it's substance, it's gratitude for serving ahigher purpose.

I slaughtered it over the sink, to avoid any evidence of what had happen there.The remaining outer sell, I placed it on the stove top and lighted up withfire, as my mother use to do, to release the heavenly smell and there it was.Evaporated everywhere! I inhale it, It became totally a part of me.

Today, I slaughtered an orange over the sink and I didn’t say thank you!


Apostolos Paraskevas is aclassical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film director andproducer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositionsand was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have amajor orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of LukasFoss––and the only musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. Hewas the founder and served for 16 years as the artistic director of theInternational Guitar Congress-Festival of Corfu, Greece. He is a voting member of the RecordingAcademy (Grammys).


Afterhis undergraduate music studies in Volos he pursued advanced studies inclassical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis (diploma, 1990) and Leo Brouwer (Havana1984, 1988), as well as postgraduate studies in composition with Lukas Foss andTheodore Antoniou (DMA in composition, Boston University, 1998). Paraskevasembarked on a successful career as a guitar soloist and contemporary composer,achieving distinctions in both disciplines: Grammy nomination for ChaseDance (Bridge Records, 1999); first prize for Night Wanderings(Lukas Foss Composition Competition, 2000); first prize for Phygein Adynaton(National Composers Conference, 1997); and numerous prestigious commissions,performances, and publications. Following teaching posts at Northeastern andBoston Universities, Paraskevas has taught since 2001 at the Berklee College ofMusic in Boston (professor of composition and classical guitar).

Hiseclectic compositional style arises as an idiosyncratic integration ofseemingly conflicting influences – from avant-garde approaches to harmonicstructure, form, and timbre, to pop-folk modal and rhythmical concepts –amalgamated into a personal evocative musical language, characterized by rhythmicverve, melodic grace, dramatic (and sometimes unexpectedly humorous) gestures,and ritualistic or theatrical elements. The latter feature has also ledParaskevas to the creation of films, notably the acclaimed I Finally Did It(Gold award, California Film Awards 2010), dealing wittily with Death, arecurring extra-musical theme in his music.

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