Konstantia Gourzi – Mykene – 7 miniatures for orchestra
(born in Athens/Greece, 31 March 1962)
Konstantia Gourzi’s name often appears as composer as well as conductor in the announcements of her concerts. Her portfolio of compositions includes not only operas, film music and works for music theatre and orchestra, but also numerous solo pieces and chamber music. Konstantia Gourzi’s musical work is documented in detail through radio recordings, television broadcasts and live streams. Recordings of her extensive discography were released at ECM, NEOS, NAXOS and SONY Classical.
Mykene – 7 miniatures
I. Elektra’s Fears, II. Orestes Return, III. Clytemnestra’s Grave, IV. Full Moon in Mykene,
V. The Tears, VI. Desperation, VII. The Afterglow
Mykene is my first orchestral composition, inspired by a special visit to the ancient site of Mycenae in Greece, whose archaic energy influenced me greatly. Each miniature is dedicated to a part of Clytemnestra’s story and the historical events in Mycenae, which is the inspiration for this composition.
The entire piece is meant to be performed with the highest possible intensity, like aphoristic splinters of thoughts in sound. For example, even if a dance rhythm is composed (such as 7/8, 12,/8, 13/8, 14/8), the character of the interpretation should be kept intense and sostenuto.
In some miniatures, certain instrumental groups have the task of playing rhythmic elements that are to be performed at a different independent tempo than the rest of the orchestra. For these passages, the conductor decides when these groups should begin. It is equally important to incorporate the varied rhythmic elements throughout the orchestral sound in such a determinative manner that the emphasis or phrasing of each rhythmic line is clearly executed.
All seven miniatures together create a dramaturgical unity and should be interpreted as such. Attacca is often written between the miniatures: The reverberation of each miniature is to be held as a tension by the conductor between the respective pieces at will. As soon as this tension ends, the next piece continues; like a story to be retold in a certain flow of energy…
Read full preface> HERE
Konstantia Gourzi – A biographical essay > READ