Orpheus Drones
for piano and audio

Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:07:30
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Tape
Programme Note:
Orpheus Drones is my lament for the mythical Greek oracle and musician. The Latin text that is woven through the piece is from Ovid’s description of the death of Orpheus. After his enemies fail to kill him with sticks and stones, Orpheus is torn to pieces. But all is not lost. His soul ends up in the underworld, where he can finally be reunited with his wife Eurydice. The combination of live piano, sampled sounds and electronics allows for the creation of a musical world that blends together beauty and ugliness. The musical ideas flow by at different rates. Some are anchored by extended drone notes, some run by quickly to form parabolic arches and others are condensed into short intense harmonic progressions.

Premiere Information:
11 Feb 2012, Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Assumption Chapel, Windsor, Ontario
Megumi Masaki; piano, Brent Lee; laptop


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 C311orp
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 17, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (23 p. ) ;
    23 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Language Information
  • Main language: Latin
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Megumi Masaki
    Text by Ovid
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