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written by Manos Achalinotopoulos and arranged by John Psathas for clarino, Zourna, floghera and band

Composer:   John Psathas


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"Tradition, as I first came to feel it (as a child of 9 years), was given to me by grand father when he was teaching me how to play the clarinet. To me this traditional musical language is not an 'old loveless spinster who raises her threatening finger like an old time teacher'. My feeling about traditional ways of musical expression is exactly the opposite. It resembles a young girl full of juices, pleased and sorry, vivid and loving, that dances barefoot on the ground; as if being taken by a desire to sin, but then again she repents it. Later she falls in love, wishes to break the rules so to live and breathe freely. No concrete use of instruments no formal orchestration, or particular musical formation can capture her essence."

Manos Achalinotopoulos

Contents note

a. Diatonic
b. Sound from the region near the borders
c. Kissing of the flute

Performance history

22 Apr 2004: Performed by Manos Achalinotopoulos, Vangelis Karipis and the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble at Paradiso, in Amsterdam

28 May 2009: Composer of the Week: John Psathas: Thursday
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert

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