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Matthew H. Fields
Matthew H. Fields
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Progeny of Memory

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Duration

42 minutes

Program Note

"The eleven movements of this work expand the idea of a memorial into the world of memory--which the ancient Greeks called Mnemosyne. The nine daughters of Mnemosyne were the Muses, bringers of all powers of the mind, bringers of both the arts and the sciences--goddesses from a more civilized tradition which did not fear and hate the mind as did the inventors of Prometheus. After nine variations on the opening theme, the theme returns in mirror image."

--Matthew H. Fields

Instrumentation

  • violoncello
  • harp

Year of Composition

2006.

Program

Progeny of Memory
violoncello and harp
I.  Mnemosyne (pavane) 3:00    
II.  Melpomene (romance) 4:02    
III.  Thalia (Neapolitan) 2:26    
IV.  Calliope (masala) 5:39    
V.  Clio (gymnopedie) 4:19    
VI.  Urania (misterioso) 4:31    
VII.  Euterpe (waltz) 4:21    
VIII.  Terpsichore (zmira) 2:44    
IX.  Erato (banjo) 1:42    
X.  Polyhymnia (largo) 5:25    
XI.  Mnemosyne (mirror image) 3:22    
41:57    

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