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Artemis and Orion


A huntress tricked into murdering her lover by her jealous brother; the loss of her beloved at her own hand, the self-inflicted grief and despair which gives way to a joyous recollection of a perfect love. Such is the story of the goddess Artemis as depicted in this piece.

There are various accounts of this story, but the one I have used tells how Artemis fell in love with Orion, sending her twin, Apollo, into a jealous rage. One day while the twins were hunting, Apollo saw Orion swimming far out to sea. Apollo, recognising him, challenged his sister to fire an arrow at the distant object. The great huntress could not resist the challenge and pierced Orion’s temple, killing her beloved at a stroke. The slow, reflective introduction gives way to a faster section that introduces a carefree theme of joyful reminiscence.

from notes by Mike Sheppard © 2010


Sheppard: The soul rests eternal
SIGCD232Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD232 track 3

Recording date
9 August 2010
Recording venue
Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mike Sheppard & Tonia Sheppard
Recording engineer
Dick Lewzey
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  1. Sheppard: The soul rests eternal (SIGCD232)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2010
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