Halim El-Dabh - Clytemnestra Suite: Helen of Troy and Paris
  Year :   1958
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Composition
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  from Suites and Symphonies Performed by: The New England Conservatory Published by CF Peters, New York Clytemnestra Suite is the symphonic rendition of the epic dance drama "Clytemnestra" which Halim El-Dabh composed for The Martha Graham Dance Company and premeired on Broadway in 1958. The suite is composed of various short movements depicted from the original work and is designed for concert halls rather than dance theaters. The music style is classical contemporary with a unique example of 20th Century music. The music employs innovative treatments of melody, harmony and rythmn. The melodies intermingle withe the tapestry of sound textures sometimes shreiking, groaning and moaning with exuberance. It portrays a freshness of sound which connects the dark underworld of Hades who condemns Clytemnestra among the dead. Here the composer adds an Egyptian idea of rebirth to those who become conscious of their crimes. Cassandra the seer with compassionate themes retold the agonies and pleasures of the Aasehylus oracle. Accessed 09.06.2009 from http://cdbaby.com/cd/eldabh7