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Island Songs

for violin, cello, and piano

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  13m

Year:  1999
Duration:  13m

Composer:   John Psathas

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About

Programme note

Island Songs were each inspired by certain styles of Greek dance music. They are not so much simulations of these styles as they are my own reaction to them, and what I have responded to mostly is the unique energy of each of the dance type.

The first piece involves a number of styles and reflects what I perceive as the latent energy of much of the music - although here it only surfaces from time to time. The second is a reaction to the great strength of the zeibekiko dance, which is in 9/4 time, and often extremely slow.

While not cast in the same time frame as a true zeibekiko, this movement does dwell upon the uncertainty of the downbeat and the intensely focused emotional content of this dance. The third piece is much in the style of the Sirto dance, whose energy is always lively and unfailingly contagious.

John Psathas Notes taken from The NZTrio - Spark, Morrison Music Trust MMT2066

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Difficulty note

Has previously been performed in the Schools' Chamber Music Contest.


Performance history

06 Feb 2007: Performed by the NZTrio

25 Mar 2008: Eggner Trio: Christchurch

27 Mar 2008: Eggner Trio: Dunedin

28 Mar 2008: Eggner Trio: Invercargill

31 Mar 2008: Eggner Trio: Nelson

02 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: Palmerston North

03 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: New Plymouth

05 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: Hamilton

07 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: Napier

08 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: Auckland

09 Apr 2008: Eggner Trio: Wellington

17 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Blenheim

19 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Gore

21 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Roxburgh

23 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Wanganui

26 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Waikanae

30 Jul 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Lower Hutt

02 Aug 2009: Cook Strait Trio: Taihape

09 Jul 2010: Expo 2010: Shanghai 1

09 Jul 2010: Expo 2010: Shanghai 2

13 Jul 2010: NZTrio in Taiwan: 1

01 May 2011: NZTrio Kiwi Sampler

08 May 2015: Chamber Music New Zealand | A Residency in Wellington

11 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | New Zealand Chamber Soloists in New Plymouth

13 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | New Zealand Chamber Soloists in Napier

15 May 2015: Chamber Music New Zealand | A Residency in Hamilton

21 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | New Zealand Chamber Soloists in Christchurch

23 May 2015: CMNZ Composer Connections | New Zealand Chamber Soloists in Auckland

13 Jun 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Rotorua

18 Jun 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Motueka

19 Jun 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Blenheim

20 Jun 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Rangiora

28 Jun 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Waikanae

01 Jul 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Whangarei

14 Aug 2015: NZTrio at the Darwin Festival | Between Two Oceans

23 Aug 2015: NZTrio | East From Here

09 Oct 2015: Te Kōkī Trio | Whanganui

Performed by the Ogen Trio - Katherine Austin, Dimitri Atanassov, and James Tennant

Performed by the NZTrio

Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists

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