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1999
Duration:
13' 00"

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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

Difficulty:
Advanced
Difficulty Note:
Has previously been performed in the Schools' Chamber Music Contest.

Related Works

Island Songs   John Psathas 

Performance History

06 Feb 2007 Performed by the NZTrio
NZTrio
23 Mar 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at the Victoria Room, Invercargill
25 Mar 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at Christchurch Town Hall
27 Mar 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
31 Mar 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at Nelson School of Music Auditorium, Nelson
02 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at the Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
03 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at the TSB Theatre Royal, New Plymouth
05 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at the Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton
07 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio in Napier
08 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at Auckland Town Hall
09 Apr 2008 Performed by the Eggner Trio at the Wellington Town Hall
17 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at the Montana Brancott Winery, Blenheim
19 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at the James Cumming Lecture Theatre in Gore
21 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at St James Anglican Church in Roxburgh
23 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at the Concert Chamber, War Memorial Hall in Wanganui
26 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at the Waikanae Memorial Hall in Waikanae
30 Jul 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at Lower Hutt Little Theatre in Lower Hutt
02 Aug 2009 Performed by the Cook Strait Trio – Amber Rainey (piano), Blythe Press (violin), Paul van Houtte (cello) at the Women’s Club in Taihape
09 Jul 2010 Performed by NZTrio as part of New Zealand’s presentation day at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
3rd movement only
NZTrio
09 Jul 2010 Performed by NZTrio as part of New Zealand’s presentation day at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
3rd movement only
NZTrio
14 Jul 2010 Performed NZTrio at a Gala Event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
3rd movement only
NZTrio
01 May 2011 Performed by the NZTrio at the Lopdell House Gallery in Titirangi
NZTrio
08 May 2015 Performed by New Zealand Chamber Soloists as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand: A Residency Tour at the Adam Concert Room in Wellington
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
11 May 2015 Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists at the Theatre Royal, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
13 May 2015 Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists at the MCG Century Theatre, Napier, New Zealand.
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
15 May 2015 Performed by New Zealand Chamber Soloists as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand: A Residency Tour at the Gallagher Academy in Hamilton
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
21 May 2015 Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists at the Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, New Zealand.
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
23 May 2015 Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists at the Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
13 Jun 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at the Concert Chamber in Rotorua
18 Jun 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at the Chanel Arts Centre in Motueka
19 Jun 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at St Andrew’s Church in Blenheim
20 Jun 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at the Chamber Gallery in Rangiora
28 Jun 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at Memorial Hall in Waikanae
01 Jul 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at the Old Library Building Arts Centre in Whangarei
23 Aug 2015 Performed by NZTrio at the Lennox Theatre in Parramatta, Australia.
09 Oct 2015 Performed by Te Kōkī Trio at Prince Edward Auditorium in Whanganui

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