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The New Zeibekiko is an intoxicating journey through 2,500 years of Hellenic musical history, from the temples of ancient Delphi to the exhilarating heart of 21st century Athens and the Greek islands. Sacred, profane and thrilling, this is a powerful musical odyssey, bringing together living practitioners of mystical, musical arts with the rich vibrancy of today’s symphony orchestra. Manos Achalinotopoulos and Petros Kourtis are custodians of ancient musical traditions. They are master musicians, deep, soulful, and electrifying.

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Project Details

The New Zeibekiko

for Solo Clarino, Solo Percussion, Orchestra

Commissioner: the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra during John Psathas' tenure as the APO's Composer-in-Residence.

Collaborator: Manos Achalinotopoulos & Petros Kourtis

Instrumentation: Clarino; 2(pic),2(ca),2(B-flat & E-flat),2(cb.); 4331; timp, 3perc; harp; strings

Premiered by Manos Achalinotopoulos and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on 18 March 2011 at the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand

Difficulty Level:
Advanced
Duration:
90:00
Type:
Original
Instrument Tags:
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Cor Anglais
Clarinet
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
French Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion
Mixed Percussion
Harp
Violin
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
World
Greek traditional woodwind
Winds
Brass
Strings

Movements

I. Manos solo

II. Bacchic

III. To Ponemeno Stithos Mou

IV. Ianni to Mandili Sou

V. Kartsigar

VI. Tarantismo

VII. Byzantine Memories

VIII. Percussion Highlight

IX. Aeolian Song

X. Tecmessa's Lament

XI. Hymn to the Muse

XII. First Pythian Ode

XIII. Doxastiko

XIV. Maktrismos

XV. Aivaliotiko

XVI. Maenads

Full Instrumentation

Clarino; 2(pic),2(ca),2(B-flat & E-flat),2(cb.); 4331; timp, 3perc; harp; strings

Solo Clarino

2 Flutes (dbl pic)
2 Oboes (dbl ca)
2 Clarinets (Bb & Eb)
2 Bassoons (dbl cb)

4 Horns
3 Tumpets
3 Trombones
Tuba

Timpani
3 Percussion

Harp

Strings

Review

Rod Biss, The Listener, April 2011

Psathas is a master at melding different musical cultures and different genres. For this concert, we heard him as arranger, transcriber and composer. He is a New Zealander whose roots and musical heart are in Greece, with this concert his unfaltering homage to his sources.

Resources

RESEARCHERS: EXPLORE THE NEW ZEIBEKIKO SOLO CLARINO, SOLO PERCUSSION, ORCHESTRA AT THE ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY

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