Christos Hatzis: Arcana (Chamber Ensemble)
Mezzo-Soprano & Chamber Ensemble
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About the work:
The composer writes: ‘When I first read Gwendolyn MacEwen’s The Nine Arcana of the Kings, I was immediately captured by both the intense imagery and the subject matter. These poems burst with emotion: volcanic eruptions of despair, and numbing pain set against descriptions of water, fountains and especially blinding and intoxicating light. They have the power to carry the reader into the unknown worlds of collective memory and explore its luminous and dark corners. Reading these poems is an enchantment; it is like looking at a multifaceted crystal with “brilliant and original verbal surfaces” (Margaret Atwood).
‘In an effort to make these poems more meaningful from my own point of view which is essentially Christian, and at the same time make them more “open” to personal interpretation on the part of the listener, I have taken them out of their specific historical context (which I presume is the reign of the mysterious and fascinating Pharaoh Achenaton, 1367-1350 BC) and placed them on a more universal plateau. Thus the lament of princess Meritaton over the dead body of her brother/husband Smenkhare (both children of Achenaton and brief successors to his throne) becomes in my own vision the lament of Maria Magdalene over the dead body of Jesus. It is this transposition that has inspired the composition of Arcana.'
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