the timber of those times (...a theogony...)
(for orchestra)

István Anhalt
István Anhalt
Date de composition : 2005
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 3 x Flûte
  • 2 x Hautbois
  • 2 x Clarinette
  • 3 x Basson
  • 4 x Cor
  • 3 x Trompette
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 4 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harpe
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Cordes, avec archet, non spécifées
Instrumentation no. 2:
  • 1 x Grand orchestre
Notes de programme :
Following the example of a very old book, this work is a musical account of the supposed character of a group of ancient, gods, first identified there as such, who ruled over the world of ancient Greece.
Those gods had a startlingly modern character, and they appeared to be, and acted, as quasi-humans. Those selected for this presentation are the following: their king (not identified by name), his wizard, the black-smith Hephaistos, together with his creation, Pandora, an artificial woman. Next one meets Ares, the war god, and his lover, the foam-bom Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Lastly the work evokes Hermes, a god who was regarded as a guardian of boundaries, a messenger of the gods, and a guide of souls. In addition, he was considered to be a trickster. While observing these gods, one cannot but think of the 'gods' and 'goddesses' of one's own time. It is not difficult to identify these in the roles of powerful and influential public figures, great athletes, pop performers, movie stars and other persons of acclaimed achievement and fame. It seems that the generation of such 'gods' and 'goddesses' is an on-going, and perhaps never ending, process.


  • Cote:
  • MI 1100 A596ti
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • July 23, 2009
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • score (129 p.); 43 cm.
    129 pages
    Hauteur: 43 cm
    Largeur: 28 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • Orchestra:
    3(pic)2(obam, ca)2(bcl)3(cbsn)/4331/4perc, pno, hp, strings
    1. Vista (the Pantheon)
    2. Procession (the King and his retinue)
    3. The lame wizard and the mechanical bride
    4. The warrior and the foam-goddess
    5. ...a guide of souls...
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