John Abram
John Abram
Composition Date: 2005
Duration: 00:08:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, String(s) Bowed


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Recorder
  • 1 x Vibraphone
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
Xenia is a word for a form of still-life painting from Ancient Rome.
The text is my description of a famous mural from Pompeii:

Apples, grapes, pears and pomegranates lie in a glass bowl on a raised block.
A split pomegranate to the left, an apple to the right.
A lower block supports a jar of dried fruit, and an amphora leans against it.

The text was translated into Latin by Jim Apricus.
The music shows the influence of some composition techniques of Ars Subtilior,
a short-lived (1380-1420) style from southern France and northern Italy characterised
by an extreme independence of contrapuntal line resulting from syncopated and
polyrhythmic parts.
The video was made by Barbara Sutherland, an artist who works with textiles, print
and digital media.
Xenia was written in 2005 for Electra.

Commissioned by: Electra

Premiere Information:
27/01/2006 Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall Calgary, Toronto, Montréal Electra


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1253 A161xe
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, String(s) Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 2, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (9 p.) ;
    9 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 9
    3 parts ((9) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Soprano
    Alto Recorder
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