ο κήπος (2011) is an ensemble piece for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets and string quintet. It was composed in Corfu (Greece) during my bachelor studies there with J. Papadatos, and it was premiered by the Contemporary Ensemble of the Music Department of the Ionian University in Corfu organized by D. Trypani. It was also performed and recorded in York by The Chimera Ensemble in 2013. This recording can be found here.

The program note from this concert:

“Restless and desiring travel, awakened from a broken dream,
I hear my bamboo whisper its melody in the night.
Instead of rest, instead of lying, it draws me from the beaten track
to hasten away, to fly away, and to journey into infinity.

There was a home, there was a garden once, a thousand years ago,
where on the bed of a bird’s grave the crocuses peeped up from the snow.
Would I might escape on birds’ wings from the spell which rings me round,
back to those times that glitter still for me like gold.”

Hermann Hesse (December 1961)

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