In the third in our series of interviews recorded at this year’s Classical Association conference, the composer Angelique Mouyis talks with CC’s Anastasia Bakogianni about classical echoes in modern music.
In the first part of the interview, Angelique tells us about the music she wrote for a contemporary version of Euripides’ Bacchae (2010). Re-titled Forget this City by playwright Samara Weiss and performed by the experimental company Enthuse Theatre under the direction of Ashley Kelly Tata, this modern refiguration transplanted the ancient story to the spaces of New York City. Most performances took place outdoors and Angelique explains how this impacted on the music that she composed to accompany the action and how she came to be involved in this innovative project in the first place.
In the second part of the interview, we continue a discussion that had begun earlier that morning at our panel Mikis Theodorakis: The Ancient Ideal in Contemporary Greek Music. Angelique talks about her love of the Modern Greek composer and explores his dialogue with the classical past and in particular with Greek Drama. Theodorakis believes that there is a living connection between ancient and modern Greece that finds its purest expression in the medium of music.
Angelique explores her research interest in Theodorakis’ musical oeuvre in her book Mikis Theodorakis: Finding Greece in his Music (Kerkyra Publications, 2010).
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