Lullaby & Fugue for Chinese Dulcimer, Piano, Violin and Violoncello (2017)
Composed by Aris Antoniades
Running time: approx. 5 minutes
The digital download includes SCORE and PARTS.
When I was presented with the challenge of composing a work combining traditional Chinese instruments with conventional Western instruments, I was quite intrigued: merging different sound-worlds has always been a strong compositional interest of mine. I am fascinated by folk music and, being born and raised on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, much of my music is greatly influenced by my Greek cultural heritage. This piece is no different: I’ve attempted to use the enchanting sound of the Chinese Dulcimer in a way that reminds me of my home.
Lullaby and Fugue is a work inspired by the magical art of story telling. I still remember many of the bedtime stories my grandparents used to tell me when I was young. Their stories were not just entertaining, but also didactic: I follow many of their teachings to this very day, and I believe that these stories have played a vital role in shaping my character. The Lullaby portrays the soothing aspect of a bedtime story, whilst the Fugue represents the hidden, ‘cerebral’ aspect. I would like to thank my friends at the Sforzando Composers Collective for this great opportunity and all of the performers for their time and dedication. Additionally, I would like to thank my mentor, Dr. J. Mark Stambaugh for helping me discover the true “magic” of counterpoint, back in college. Finally, I would like to dedicate this piece to the greatest storytellers in the world: my grandparents George, Panayiota, Anthis and Persoulla.
You can watch a performance of the piece here
Lullaby & Fugue (score and parts)
Title: Solitude - A Miniature for Piano
Composer: Aris Antoniades
Composition Year: 2017
Instrumentation: Chinese Dulcimer, Piano, Violin, Violoncello
Duration: approx. 5'
File includes SCORE and PARTS
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