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The Eternal Feminine

By Apostolos Paraskevas

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Classical Guitar - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Apostolos Paraskevas (1964-). 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Modern, World. Score. 29 pages. Published by Silver Sickle Publications (S0.659827).

Item Number: S0.659827

The Eternal Feminine

 Thethought to compose a piece for Joaquin Clerch was challenging and exciting atthe same time. Writing music for a performer is one thing but to write musicfor a performer-composer is a different. The work was premiered at Jordan Hallin Boston at the Boston Guitar Festival in the summer of 2016.  I chose three Greek Goddesses for the task.Aphrodite, Artemis and Athena. All with different characteristics and charms.Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Artemis the Goddess of Hunt, Natureand Birth and the last but not least Athena Goddess of War and Wisdom.

Aphrodite’smovement builds up from the first theme as if she tries to perfect her beautylittle by little. Flirting with tonality but could never reach it.

Artemis’smovement is exciting in the sense of anticipation. A recurringostinato-obsessive as an eminent killing is about to happen. The hunt is goingon…

Athena’smovement is surrendering to the dark force of calculating distraction.Technically challenging makes a serious turn to absolute music with a recurringpassacaglia theme as the main force of direction. The war goes on for a whilebut wisdom prevails…

Duration: approx. 18minutes

Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning filmdirector and producer. He has received multiple international awards for hiscompositions and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitaristever to have a major orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under thedirection of Lukas Foss––and the only musician who has performed there in aGrim Reaper outfit. He was the founder and served for 16 years as the artisticdirector of the International 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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