V.90 Muses

Muses (V.90)

A setting of various excerpts from ancient Greek texts about the Muses, in Greek with IPA transliterations, for mezzo soprano, flute/alto flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, guitar, and percussion: hand drum, vibraphone, finger cymbals, suspended cymbal, crotales, claves, tambourine, triangle (2 players)

A setting akin to an opera scene, using texts, effects, and timbres to create a string of musical settings praising the Muses, the Greek goddesses who served as inspiration to all artists. Vocalist and instrumentalists alike take part in interesting acoustical effects and microtones to imitate the Greek tonoi and harmonia.

Jeanne-Marie Schwarz, who premiered Muses, has said:
“Patrick Valentino's choral and solo vocal
compositions exhibit a deep understanding
of the workings of the human voice. "

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