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Song of Seikilos

for voice and ensemble, arranged by John Psathas

Composer:   John Psathas


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A skolio by Seikilos, a four-verse song whose notes and symbols for rhythms were found carved on a tombstone from Tralleis, Asia Minor, preserved in its original state. It was first published in 1883. The text of a separate inscription tells us that the stone was placed there by Seikilos himself. Its age is uncertain, although the shape of the letters indicated it dates from the first century AD.

as long as you live, shine man
be not the least bit blue
life's for a little span
time demands its due

Performance history

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