SALMACIS: A TALE OF UNREQUITED LOVE FOR PIANO & CELLO

Chamber (Piano & Cello), 21 min

A tale of unrequited love for piano and cello in 5 parts.

This piece was the second installment of my Ovidian trilogy of love and transformation. Based on Ovid’s often overlooked fable of the nymph Salmacis and her transformational lust for the young Hermaphroditus, While it seems this myth was intended as an etymological story for a fountain that had “effeminizing” power upon the men who came into contact with it, it is more modernly known as the myth of the hermaphrodite. At the center of this piece is an exploration of the duet, both in character and in instrumentation. Just as Salmacis and Hermaphroditus begin as two and end as one, so too do the piano and cello begin separately and gradually crescendo into one sound.

MEDIA: III. The Lover’s Chase

Originally performed by Hakan Tayga-hromek (cello) and Pej Reitz (Piano) at the Roberson Mansion on May 4, 2012.

Pictured: Sophia Catalano & Santino DeAngelo.

Photo Credit: Kate Murray / Studio 271