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Relentless

for Solo percussion, Audio, & Projected Text

Relentless was written for Zoi Argyriou at the invitation from Panagio Karamouzi. It was premiered in late August 2023 at the Music Village in Agios Lavrentios, Pelion, Greece. Words are by Eleni Petridi

Difficulty Level:
Advanced
Duration:
03:36
Type:
Instrument Tags:
Percussion

Woman
has always been a symbol of

power

strength
and life

Why then
from the moment
of their existence on this planet,until today,
have women
had to fight?

Womenthroughout timehave had
and still have
to struggle
to get an educationto work
to vote
or even worseto speak
to be free to moveand
to choose a partner

From Homeric times
to the present day
the structure of societieshas been constantly changing

Kingship
Tyranny
Oligarchy
Democracy
each a label
describing a way of exercising poweras it suits
the powerful

Every time
Every label
despite the relentless evolutionof human societies
basic human rights
are violated

Women
have been subjectedto the tortuous violationof their human rightsfor millenniadespitecountlessbloodystruggles

fighting forequalityfree speechand freeartisticpoliticaland personalexpression

And nowDemocracymale-dominated
so not much of a democracysince women
to start with
did not
have the right
to vote
or participate
in the political life
of their country

Rights only acquiredafter
mass
heroicuprisings
of violently suppressedwomen

21st Centuryhumanity at its peak......