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Blue Work


View from Olympus

double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  20m
Instrumentation:  2222;4331; timp; 2 perc. ( triangle, snare drum, mark tree, glockenspiel, tubular bells, marimba,cowbell, vibraphone, cymbals -splash, medium crash, china crash), bass drum, tambourine, 3 high tom toms (different pitches), finger cymbals; harp; strings; solo piano; solo percussion ( vibraphone, marimba, simtak, dulcimer, bass steel drums, wind chimes (2 or 3 sets), bell tree, mark tree, triangle, finger cymbals, drum station (4 octobans, 4 tom toms, 3 paddle drums, cymbals (trash, splash, medium crash, china crash, plus a cluster of smallest-possible splash cymbals), hi-hat)

Year:  2002
Duration:  20m
Instrumentation  2222;4331; timp; 2 perc. ( ...

Composer:   John Psathas

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Sample: From 5:36 - 6:36 NZSO conducted by Marc Taddei with Michael Houstoun (piano) and Pedro Carniero (percussion)

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Sample: Pages 121-125

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Programme note

I The Furies – The Furies were avenging spirits of retributive justice whose task was to punish crimes outside the reach of human justice. Their names were Alecto, Megæra and Tisiphone. This movement contains an adapted transcription of a fragment of improvised playing by one of my favourite Greek violinists, Stathis Koukoularis (It appears as a solo for violin about 2 minutes into the movement).

II To Yelasto Paithi (The Smiling Child) – This is the closest I’ve come to expressing – in a way not possible with the spoken or written word – the feelings inspired by my precious children, Emanuel and Zoe. In this movement is also caught the summer I spent working on the concerto at my parents’ house just outside the village of Nea Michaniona – a house perched on a cliff which looks down on the Aegean and up to Mount Olympus.

III Dance of the Mænads – Draped in the skins of fawns, crowned with wreaths of ivy and carrying the thyrsos – a staff wound round with ivy leaves and topped with a pine cone – the Mænads roamed the mountains and woods, seeking to assimilate the potency of the beasts that dwelled there and celebrating their god Dionysos with song, music and dance. The human spirit demands Dionysiac ecstasy; to those who accept it, the experience offers spiritual power. For those who repress the natural force within themselves, or refuse it to others, it is transformed into destruction, both of the innocent and the guilty. When possessed by Dionysos, the Mænads became savage and brutal. They plunged into a frenzied dance, obtaining an intoxicating high and a mystical ecstasy that gave them unknown powers, making them the match of the bravest hero.

John Psathas, 2001

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Commissioned note

The composition of this work was funded as original research by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and commissioned by Evelyn Glennie.


Performance history

26 Jul 2002: Performed by Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Philip Smith (piano) with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK as part of the Friendship Royal Gala Concert

26 May 2005: Performed by Lenny Sakofsky (percussion), Michael Houstoun (piano), Christchurch Symphony Orchestra/Marc Taddei at the Christchurch Town Hall, in Christchurch.

13 Dec 2005: Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Oleg Akkuratov, and the St Petersburg Philharmonia, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, in St Petersburg.

21 Jun 2006: Performed by Lenny Sakofsky (percussion), Michael Houstoun (piano), Auckland Philharmonic and conducted by Marc Taddei at the Auckland Town Hall, in Auckland.

14 Apr 2007: View from Olympus

21 Jun 2008: Light the Cauldron

27 Feb 2009: Choros 1

28 Feb 2009: Choros 2

28 Feb 2009: Choros 3

01 Mar 2009: Choros 4

27 May 2009: Composer of the Week: John Psathas: Wednesday
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert

12 Feb 2010: Amplify, Multiply, Remix and Redefine

26 Jun 2010: Performed by Alexej Gerassimez (percussion), Nicolai Gerassimez (piano) and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristjan Järvi, at the Konzertscheune Ulrichshusen, in Germany.

14 Jun 2013: Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Joanna McGregor, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orhcestra, conducted by Kistjan Järvi, at the Marktplatz,Halle an der Saale, in Germany.

18 Jun 2013: Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Joanna McGregor, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orhcestra, conducted by Kistjan Järvi, at the Philharmonie, Cologne.

09 Oct 2013: Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Dawn Hardwick, and the British Sinfonietta, conducted by Anthony Gabriele at the St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

10 Oct 2013: Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Dawn Hardwick, and the British Sinfonietta, conducted by Anthony Gabriele at the Lighthouse, in Poole, England.

04 Sep 2014: APO | Glennie at Olympus


Performed by Michael Houstoun (piano), Pedro Carneiro (percussion), and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei

Performed by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marc Taddei with soloists Michael Houstoun (piano) and Leonard Sakofsky (percussion) in 2005

Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Oleg Akkuratov, and the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, in Moscow.

Performed by Evelyn Glennie, Joanna McGregor, and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orhcestra, conducted by Kistjan Järvi, at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

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