Granicus

Nikos Stavropoulos

Programme notes

Granicus

To Alexander Pepelasis

Granicus is the archaic name of a small river in northwestern Asia Minor, which was the site of Alexander the Great’s first major military challenge. The name is also used for one of Mars’ great valleys. The rhythms of antiquity, through tradition, inspire here the coming together of different worlds in space and time.

The work is based on dance rhythms used in Southeast Europe and Asia Minor. These rhythms are used unconventionally, presented against each other as well as treated using techniques like inversion, time expansion / contraction, substitution and additive processes. The resulting score has been used as the basis for a tape part. A recording of the score has been processed to create third order gestural surrogacy sound materials which display aural intimacy and are used as an extension of the live performance. The result displays the characteristics of “prepared” percussion movement in micro-space.

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Granicus was realized at the composer’s studio in 2016 and was premiered by Alexander Pepelasis on March 11, 2016 at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC) at The Venue in Leeds (UK). The work was commissioned by Alexander Pepelasis.


Premiere

  • March 11, 2016, IFAI 2016: Concert, Leeds (England, UK)

The present recording of the instrumental part performed by Alexander Pepelasis took place in 2016 in The Venue in Leeds (UK) (Michael Calley, sound engineer).

  • Instrumentation: percussion and stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Nikos Stavropoulos
  • Year of composition: 2016
  • Commission: Alexander Pepelasis
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD501910029

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