DAEMON SONGS, op.3: for Voice and Piano



Lyrics: Katerina Stamatelos.

Duration: 18 minutes.

Daemon Songs was commissioned by: Harald Becker.







World Premiere Information


Harald Becker, baritone.

Katerina Stamatelos, piano.

A recital organized and televised by the Vafopoulion Cultural Center and the Municipality of the city of Thessalonki. Theatre of the Vafopoulion Cultural Center, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 7, 1995.




SECOND PERFORMANCE


Marcia Roberts, mezzo-soprano.

Katerina Stamatelos, piano.

Composers’ Workshop Concert, Clapp Recital Hall, The University of Iowa, School of Music, Iowa City, IA, February 8, 1998.

The recording of this work, appearing on the SXISMA RECORDS album Songs and Prayers of the Abyss is based on this second live-performance.


Program Notes


In September 1994, Harald Becker, a German baritone with whom I had performed Schubert's Winterreise a few months before in Thessaloniki (Greece), asked me to write three to four Greek songs for him. I decided to use a cycle of ten meditation-poems I had written between 1976 and 1986. Not having any particular ambition to "become a composer," I soon started to enjoy the process.

The cycle was finally performed June 7, 1995.

For the poetry I had used three languages since, during that time I had been living in Austria, Canada, Greece, and the United States. Expressing myself in these languages (Greek, German, and English) only felt natural.

The term Daemon is not used here with its satanic meaning, but rather in concord with Dostojewski's sense of "nightmare" (songs 4, 7, 8, 9) and Socrates' "inner voice" or the voice of his "Unknown God" (songs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10).


The Recording


The recording of Daemon Songs was done during the live performance of the work at its second performance, as stated above.

Marcia Roberts, mezzo-soprano.

Katerina Stamatelos, piano.


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