ANEMOI (2023/2024)

ANEMOI (2023/2024)

for symphony orchestra

instrumentation: 3*.3*.3*.3*/
duration: 30 minutes
première: May 18&19, 2024
Berliner Philharmonie
Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by François-Xavier Roth

Commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Esprit Orchestra Toronto


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AUTOMATONES: Full recording
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – BRSO
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle
World Première, 13 October 2023,
Musica Viva, Isarphilharmonie München
©2023 by BR



In ancient Greek religion and mythology the ANEMOI were eight wind deities, subject to the god Aiolos, the ruler of all winds, and each assigned a direction from which their winds came and each associated with different seasons and weather conditions, influencing amongst other things the changing of the climate, spreading of diseases and the outcome of wars – all continuing concerns for world leaders today. In his book “Heaven‘s Breath: A Natural History of the Wind“ the author Lyall Watson describes the wind as a “combination of a force that cannot be apprehended, but nevertheless has an undeniable existence“ – his quote could just as easily apply to music. In the symphonic work ANEMOI, each of the eight ancient Greek wind gods Boreas, Kaikias, Apeliotes, Euros, Notos, Livas, Zephyros and Skiron (depicted in this succession on the Tower of the Winds, an octagonal marble clocktower in the Roman Agora in Athens built around 50 BC and still standing) is characterised by various instrumental formations within the orchestra, including allusions to ancient Greek musical instruments such as the lyre and aulos, the latter‘s harsh sound being reminiscent of either the howling of wolves or an air raid siren.

Vito Žuraj