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After playing an awe-struck Messenger in a Greek tragedy, delivering visions and witness of the beautiful madness and fury that Dionysus/Bacchus/Bromius/Iacchos had inflicted on his followers, I wanted to write a concert piece based on such a vengeful and jealous deity. However, drawing from the traditional Greco-Roman pantheon would have been too restrictive, since many of their divine figures still have profiles and connotations a couple of millennia later. My own personal god would be better – a god created by me on a whim and now inserted into the historical record for all time. This god has no need for names, or even for epithets, as it is all-powerful up against the futile efforts of mortals to label and identify it. Because I said so, it meddled in the lives of the inhabitants of ancient Thrace without them even knowing it. And you know why? BECAUSE IT CAN. Poor sods.
Commissioned by Anna McGregor
13 May 2007: performed by the Karlheinz Company - Rowan Meade
(clarinet), Anna McGregor (bass clarinet), Luke Christiansen (bass trombone), Sophie Williams (cello), Mark Lipski (double bass)