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composed by Manos Achalinotopoulos and arranged by John Psathas for mixed chamber ensemble with voice

Composer:   John Psathas


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"Ever shining light - Inner Desert-Multi-moded chant"

I don't know if this way of expression is Greek, or whether its roots come from Byzantium or Ancient Greece. Simply, this is the way of expression given to us like our mother tongue, this strange sound that came into existence by the soil and water of this country.

We express ourselves using the living musical idiom of this country, not at all foreign or unfamiliar; this musical idiom exists to give way to a human communication between loving persons; i.e. the truth expressed by the Word of God that is not to be forgotten.

Manos Achalinotopoulos

Supersubstantial essence
Ineffable speech
Barren light
Thou are God
Inexpressible beauty
the generation praise
in uncommunable participation

Text note

Text by Manos Achlinotopoulos

Performance history

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