This is a recent work of Mikis Theodorakis which is based on two song cycles: the Lyricotern (words by Dionysis Karatzas, 1995) and the Lyricotata (words by the poet Yannis Theodorakis, 1996).
Themis Symvoulopoulos, and the pianist Tatiana Papageorgiou, who gave the world premiere of the work on 25 May 98 at the Queen Elisabeth Hall London, both contributed to the elaboration of the piano version.
As may be seen by the titles of the cycle, the composer is here at the peak of his lyricism. The musical period, known as the composer's Lyrical Life, dates from 1987 to the present time. During this period. the composer also created his three most recent and major works: the lyrical tragic operas, Medea, Electra and Antigone.
The 12 Melos for piano constitute a major contribution to Melody, which the composer has faithfully served throughout his musical career And this is where the title Melos originated.
The melodic world of the Melos is supported by unexpected harmonic relations, which eventually add a dreamy character to the music, which is in complete contrast to the austerity and simplicity of-expression and the pianistic devices met earlier in his Preludes.
In the Melos the composer returns to the pianistic language of the Romantics. He expresses his musical ideas by means of stalactites and stalagmites of chords and rhythms.
Another work based on these two cycles is the Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, which will receive its first performance in October 1998, at the Munich Philharmonic, under the baton of the composer.
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