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ANEMOI (winds gods)

for percussion | 24'ca. (2022) download | purchase
Anemoi, or winds gods of Greek mythology; the four main anemoi are Boreas (North), Zephyrus (West), Notus (South) and Eurus (East)
TETRALOGY (based on the "rose des vents"):
1 - BOREAS (the north wind) for crotales | 6'ca. (2022) download | purchase2 - ZEPHYRUS (the west wind) for chimes | 6'ca. (2022) download | purchase3 - NOTUS (the south wind) for temple blocks | 6'ca. (2022) download | purchase4 - EURUS (the east wind) for Tibetan singing bowls | 6'ca. (2022) download | purchase
Anemoi is a captivating musical tetralogy inspired by the winds gods of ancient Greek mythology. In this work, the composer draws upon the rich symbolism and elemental power associated with the four main Anemoi: Boreas (North), Zephyrus (West), Notus (South), and Eurus (East). Each movement of the tetralogy is dedicated to one of these winds, utilizing unique instrumentation and evocative musical themes to bring their mythological personas to life.
The tetralogy is structured around the "rose des vents," or compass rose, with each wind occupying a cardinal direction:
"BOREAS: The North Wind" – for crotales"ZEPHYRUS: The West Wind" – for chimes"NOTUS: The South Wind" – for temple blocks"EURUS: The East Wind" – for Tibetan singing bowls
The journey commences with "BOREAS", a haunting invocation of the icy gales that descend from the northern realms. The delicate resonance of crotales conjures images of frost-covered landscapes, while the percussion solo builds to a crescendo, mirroring the forceful gusts of Boreas as he commands the chill of winter.
"ZEPHYRUS" ensues, offering a striking contrast with its gentle and warm melodies played on chimes. Zephyrus, the serene west wind, heralds the arrival of spring and rejuvenation, infusing his music with a sense of peace and optimism. The percussion solo paints a vivid tableau of blossoming meadows and swaying trees, guided by Zephyrus's tender breath.
In "NOTUS" the atmosphere shifts once more as the music adopts a rhythmic fervor, propelled by the pulsing rhythm of temple blocks. Notus, the formidable south wind, unleashes his wrath upon the landscape, stirring up dust storms and parching the earth with his scorching breath. The percussion solo responds with a visceral dynamism, capturing the raw potency and primal vigor of Notus's realm.
The solo culminates with "EURUS", the enigmatic east wind, depicted through the ethereal tones of Tibetan singing bowls. As the music unfolds, listeners are transported to distant lands veiled in mystery and ancient wisdom, where Eurus murmurs secrets carried on the winds of time.
Anemoi beckons audiences on a captivating voyage through the elemental forces of nature, interweaving myth and music in a mesmerizing exploration of the winds that sculpt our world. Through its evocative motifs and inventive percussion, Anemoi exalts the enduring allure and splendor of Greek mythology while offering a timeless contemplation on the interconnectedness of existence.
Albert CARBONELL - ANEMOI (winds gods) (for percussion).pdf