Zervas: Elegy for Antigone for Alto Saxophone and Cello
Code: JP4099 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0539-5
"Elegy for Antigone for Alto Saxophone and Cello" (2016), originally written for oboe and piano (2012), is based on Aeolian Mode and recasts music material borrowed from former compositions.
The character of the piece is lyric-sentimental-esoteric with dramatic outbursts, in a process to reflect Antigone's tragic personality. The tone qualities of the alto saxophone and cello
symbolically reinforce the interplay between 'ethos' and 'pathos' - the two antagonistic poles that constitute Aeschylus' and Sophocles' plays. Furthermore, the two cadenzas, the introductory
and the intermediate, highlight the sonorous instrumentation and their technical flexibility. The fist performance of the composition was given by virtuoso saxophonist Dr. Jonathan Helton and
virtuoso cellist Dr. Steven Thomas in 2016, at the University of Florida.