More Greek Myths is a 'sequel' to at set of Four Greek
Myths that the composer wrote for contrabassoon and
piano in 2004. This set was written in 2007 at the
request of Susan Nigro.
Constructed in a five-movement arc, the opening
movement, a study in the character of Apollo, is
followed by a study of Artemis, Apollo's twin sister,
the virgin huntress. In the center of the set is a
musical illustration of the Labors of Heracles.
Heracles is the only mortal in this group of
mythological characters, and while the immortal gods
are allowed to feast on and romp in music that is
tonal, Heracles is forced to labor in the repeating
rows of the 12-tone system. After Heracles is finished
with his labors, it's time to return to Mount Olympus
to find Aphrodite emerging out of sea foam (who says
the contrabassoon can't be both feminine and sexy),
and all the gods join Dionysus in a wild celebration.
Total duration approximately 10 minutes.
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