Distillation of the Night (2007)

for 'cello, viola, piano, violin, clarinet
By Stratis Minakakis
Greek/active America

In Aristophanes’ Birds, Night is described as one of the principle agents of creation. She laid and hatched the egg of Eros, who possesses the ability to allow different elements to mix, thus creating the generation of Gods and the Universe. Aristophanes’ recounting of this story serves as a metaphor for the form and content of ’ΝΥΚΤΟΣ ΔΙΥΛΙΣΗ’ (Distillation of the Night). The dense, explosive web of lines and surfaces at the beginning undergoes a process of continuing transformations that eventually deconstructs the piece to its very basic constituent elements. In contradistinction with traditional depictions of the nocturnal in music, the image of Night presented in this piece is one of primeval force and vibrant energy.

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“[W]ithout a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress. ”
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