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A Colone
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Oedipus at Colonus II.668-719

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'Xenakis: Choral Music' (CDA66980)
Xenakis: Choral Music
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A Colone
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The text for A Colone (1977) is taken from Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Xenakis wrote that ‘the melodic lines unite with the speech modulation of that period [the fifth century BC] while respecting the long and short values’. This is a work based on the desire to recreate the ancient style of speech patterns and perhaps also the ceremonial performance atmosphere generated by a restrained, almost chanting choir. A Colone is entirely non-combative, with a clear triumphal opening in which the instrumental and vocal forces are briefly but forcefully contrasted with texture. There is no contest, the phrasing is stately; the choir, sometimes with short solos, dominates the instrumental texture which frequently comments, sometimes lends support, and occasionally adds sinew to the musculature of a monumental statue.

from notes by Nouritza Matossian © 1998

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