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Cornus - A Fantasy Ballade for Piano (2013)

Composed by Aris Antoniades




Running time: approx. 5' 30''


Cornus is the name of the forest that surrounds the Army Unit I was stationed at during the first year of my military service back in my homeland, Cyprus. The magical sounds of nature and the myths surrounding this forest were what kept me company during many cold, endless nights of sentry guard duty. On such nights, I would often let my imagination soar, making up stories or even music. It was during one of those moments of spontaneous inspiration that I came up with the opening motif for this piece.


Two years later, here in New York, after attending some extremely inspiring lectures on the Middle Ages and after reading a number of chivalric romance books, I finally decided that I wanted to compose a piece which would musically portray a Medieval-style story set in the very forest I became so familiar with - Cornus.

The piece tries to musically depict the different feelings a questing knight experiences when he sets off into the depths of the forest and back. Just like all typical chivalric romances, the hero discovers something remarkable while he travels - something that has the power to change him forever. Although by the end of the story the hero returns back to where he started, he is now a different person since the adventure forced him to undergo a catharsis.

Cornus - A Fantasy Ballade for Piano

  • Title: Cornus - A Fantasy Ballade for Piano

    Composer: Aris Antoniades

    Composition Year: 2013

    Instrumentation: Piano (solo)

    Duration: approx. 5' 30''

    Score size: 8 pages

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