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Kyriakides, Yannis

General: Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969, emigrated to Britain in 1975, and has been living in the Netherlands since 1992. He currently lives in Amsterdam with ...

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The Lost Border Dances : for double string quartet and electronics / Yannis Kyriakides

Publisher's number: 15207
Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: 4vln 2vla 2vc tape
Duration: 18'00"
Number of players: 8
Year of composition: 2016
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
The title refers to the dances performed by border guards, known as Akrites, during the height of the Byzantine Empire. The transcription of these dances and their modern equivalents found in the traditions of the Pontos, through Northern Greece to the Balkans, is used in the piece as basis for the musical material. There is no reference to the folk music tradition - rather the description of the movements themselves have been translated into musical gesture, and the music re-imagined.
There are 8 dances which are encoded in the music, each quartet alternating in taking the lead, like a dance battle, or a dance-off. The transitions become increasingly longer as the piece progresses, creating a shared sonic space between the re-imagined dances, an uncontested buffer zone.

Yannis Kyriakides

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