The Dance of Desire Sheet Music | Apostolos Paraskevas | Piano Duet

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The Dance of DesireApostolos Paraskevas Piano Duet


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A very energetic and virtuoso work by Apostolos Paraskevas.  The Dance of Desire was written for Laura Villafranca and Ai-Ying Chiu and had its premiere in Mexico City in 2017.

The beauty of a percussive, polyphonic, melodic and sonorous instrument as the piano makes me always think that I compose for at least three or four different instruments. To have the chance to write for four hands it was a "the sky is the limit" invitation.  The dance of desire starts in a barbaric pulsate motion to give room to a melody that is both haunting and dancing. The desire to move ahead unfolds several variations of this idea between pianists.
A slow dark-pensive part unfolds after the initial theme almost as a prayer in the dark that the following fugato idea brings back the order in its existence. Here is where both pianists sharing my love for Bach and yes Samba.  The slow pensive but now monotonous haunting melody re appears to prepare the final dance of desire. The work ends in fireworks, full of energy and with a touch of insanity.

Dedicated to Laura and Ai-Ying and their unique talent.



Duration: approx. 10 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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