This composition was commissioned by wind ensemble “Helicon” on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.
From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing,
Who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon,
And dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring
And the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and,
When they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus
Or in the Horse’s Spring or Olmeius,
Make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon And move with vigorous feet.
From “Theogony” by Hesiod (± 715 BC)
In ancient Greek religion and mythology, the Muses are the inspirational goddesses of literature, science and the arts. Under the care of the god Apollo, they were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, lyric songs and myths that were related orally for centuries in ancient Greek culture.
The nine Muses
|Calliope||The beautiful voice||Muse of the heroic epic,|
philosophy and rhetoric.
|Erato||The lovable||Muse of the hymn, the song and the lyricism.|
|Euterpe||The joyful||Muse of flute playing.|
|Polyhymnia||The rich in chants||Muse of rhetoric and sacred songs.|
|Kleio||The proclaiming||Muse of historiography.|
|Melpomene||The singing||Muse of song and tragedy.|
|Urania||The heavenly||Muse of Astronomy.|
|Terpsichore||She who loves to dance||Muse of dance and lyrical poetry.|
|Thaleia||The festive & flowering||Muse of comedy.|