MATRE`S DANCE

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Piece Title : Matre`s Dance
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Composer / Arranger : Psathas, John (1966-)
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John Psathas (1966) is one of a few New Zealand composers who have made a mark on the international scene, particularly in Europe and North America. He is now widely considered one of the three most important living composers of the Greek Diaspora. Raised in Taumaranui and Napier, John is the son of Greek immigrant parents who arrived in New Zealand in the early 1960s. After studying piano and composition at Victoria University, he studied privately in Belgium with Jaqueline Fontyn before returning to take up lecturing at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. John’s music has been commissioned and performed by many great musicians and orchestras around the world. These include Michael Brecker, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Michael Houstoun, Joshua Redman, The New Zealand String Quartet, Federico Mondelci, The New Zealand Trio, Pedro Carneiro, the Takacs Quartet. The Netherlands Blazers Ensemble, the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Vector Wellington Orchestra, the NZSO, and many others. John has a natural inclination and innate ability for mega-projects. Since writing much of the ceremonial music for the 2004 Olympic Games, John’s music has been on the radar screen of a wider public than that normally associated with contemporary classical music. To him, music composition is first and foremost a communicative art form. He is constantly seeking ways and means of making intellectual music accessible to a wider audience. He explores connections between contemporary music and age-old musical traditions and he puts together programs, like his “Zeibekiko” that create context for the appreciation of difficult contemporary works. In 2010 John’s “A Cool Wind” will receive its Carnegie Hall debut with the Takacs quartet, and he will be Distinguished Guest Composer at the Winnipeg’s 2010 New Music Festival.

 

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Solo with Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Bongo / Timpani (x2) / Tom (x3)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : A Suitable alternate instrumentation would be to use 6 roto-toms.
Written for / Commissioned by : Commissioned by Jack Body (with financial support from Creative New Zealand)
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Promethean Editions
Accompanied :Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Publisher :Promethean Editions
Publishers Website :www.promethean-editions.com/
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A Greek legend tells how the demigod Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and brought it to mankind in order that they might establish civilisation. Subsequently Zeus took vengeance on Prometheus for his cunning, condemning him to be bound in chains for eternity and sending an eagle to feed upon his immortal liver!

Promethean Editions was established in 1996 with the mission of bringing the fire of new, fresh and exciting contemporary music to performers and audiences throughout the world. Today we publish, promote and market music by emerging and established composers in the global market-place.

We publish and represent the music of thirty composers and work closely with our house composers: Gareth Farr, Christos Hatzis, Vincent Ho and John Psathas.

Key strategies include the publication of sheet music and services to composers (management, music typesetting and administration of music hire and facsimile score publication).

Promethean Editions are intended primarily for performance. Scores and parts are sturdy and easy to use: durable outside, clearly and sensibly laid out within.

Music is engraved using either Music Press (Graphire) or Finale (MakeMusic!). Music Press is a high-end expert music typesetting software package whose output is comparable to the finest classical hand engraving, and custom fonts and spacing are employed in Finale to achieve clean and stylish scores.

Gareth Farr and John Psathas are two important New Zealand composers. Together with Canadians Christos Hatzis and Vincent Ho they form part of an emerging unique artistic voice. Gareth Farr is renowned for his colourful melodies and driving, percussive writing, while referencing musical styles of the Pacific-rim, including Cook Island drumming, Balinese Gamelan and Maori music traditions. Christos Hatzis, a Greek born Canadian resident, draws musical inspiration from Christian spirituality, his own Byzantine heritage and other cultures. His music is eclectic and combines elements of jazz, pop and world music, including several earlier works inspired by the music of the Inuit, Canada’s arctic inhabitants. Canadian Vincent Ho’s music is rich and energetic, a unique integration of influences ranging from the visual arts, electroacoustic and natural soundscapes, traditional classical music forms, and the physical properties of the instruments and ensembles for which he writes. Ho is currently Composer in Residence with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. New Zealand born Greek John Psathas was recognised early in his career for writing high-energy and propulsive music. He continues to fuse a new classical style by drawing from his heritage and aspects of European art music, jazz and rock.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1991 /  1999
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Piano Accompaniment
Sheet Music Available From :www.promethean-editions.co.nz/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

The composer writes: `The title refers to a dance performed by a group of fanatics in one of Frank Herbert’s Dune books. The dance was non-repeating and exhausting for the dancer, who often collapsed or died before completing the extremely long, complex routine.

`Created during an intense eight days, and actually commissioned as a violin solo, Matre’s Dance was premiered by David Guerin and Bruce McKinnon in the Adam Concert Room of the Victoria University School of Music in 1991. This was the first piece which suggested to me I might have some future in composing.

`Following its premiere, Matre’s Dance passed from my hands into Evelyn Glennie`s and has now seen much more of the world than I will ever manage to.`

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