The Eternal Feminine Sheet Music | Apostolos Paraskevas | Solo Guitar

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The Eternal FeminineApostolos Paraskevas Solo Guitar

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The Eternal Feminine

 The thought to compose a piece for Joaquin Clerch was challenging and exciting at the same time. Writing music for a performer is one thing but to write music for a performer-composer is a different. The work was premiered at Jordan Hall in Boston at the Boston Guitar Festival in the summer of 2016.  I chose three Greek Goddesses for the task. Aphrodite, Artemis and Athena. All with different characteristics and charms. Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Artemis the Goddess of Hunt, Nature and Birth and the last but not least Athena Goddess of War and Wisdom.

Aphrodites movement builds up from the first theme as if she tries to perfect her beauty little by little. Flirting with tonality but could never reach it.

Artemiss movement is exciting in the sense of anticipation. A recurring ostinato-obsessive as an eminent killing is about to happen. The hunt is going on

Athenas movement is surrendering to the dark force of calculating distraction. Technically challenging makes a serious turn to absolute music with a recurring passacaglia theme as the main force of direction. The war goes on for a while but wisdom prevails

Duration: approx. 18 minutes

Apostolos Paraskevas is a classical guitarist and composer as well as an award-winning film director and producer. He has received multiple international awards for his compositions and was nominated for a Grammy Award. He is the only guitarist ever to have a major orchestral piece performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Lukas Fossand the only musician who has performed there in a Grim Reaper outfit. He was the founder and served for 16 years as the artistic director of the International Guitar Congress-Festival of Corfu, Greece.  He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys).

 

After his undergraduate music studies in Volos he pursued advanced studies in classical guitar with Costas Cotsiolis (diploma, 1990) and Leo Brouwer (Havana 1984, 1988), as well as postgraduate studies in composition with Lukas Foss and Theodore Antoniou (DMA in composition, Boston University, 1998). Paraskevas embarked on a successful career as a guitar soloist and contemporary composer, achieving distinctions in both disciplines: Grammy nomination for Chase Dance (Bridge Records, 1999); first prize for Night Wanderings (Lukas Foss Composition Competition, 2000); first prize for Phygein Adynaton (National Composers Conference, 1997); and numerous prestigious commissions, performances, and publications. Following teaching posts at Northeastern and Boston Universities, Paraskevas has taught since 2001 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (professor of composition and classical guitar).

 

His eclectic compositional style arises as an idiosyncratic integration of seemingly conflicting influences from avant-garde approaches to harmonic structure, form, and timbre, to pop-folk modal and rhythmical concepts amalgamated into a personal evocative musical language, characterized by rhythmic verve, melodic grace, dramatic (and sometimes unexpectedly humorous) gestures, and ritualistic or theatrical elements. The latter feature has also led Paraskevas to the creation of films, notably the acclaimed I Finally Did It (Gold award, California Film Awards 2010), dealing wittily with Death, a recurring extra-musical theme in his music.

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