ballet, a triptych for orchestra (2006-2007)
Oblong folio (482 x 737 mm; 19″ x 29″). Executed in various bright colors on heavy ivory paper. Signed by composer at upper left corner.
In near-fine condition.
Helios Choros I was commissioned and premiered by the Dallas Symphony under Andrew Davis on May 3, 2007; Helios Choros II was co-commissioned by the London and Boston Symphony Orchestras and premiered by the LSO in December, 2008 under Daniel Harding; Helios Choros III was commissioned and premiered by the Orchestra of Paris on December 12, 2009.
“Helios, in Greek Mythology, is the sun god, son of Hyperion, depicted as driving his chariot across the sky from east to west daily. Choros in ancient Greek drama means a band of dancers whose singing, dancing, and narration provide explanation and elaboration of the main action. My main inspiration while spending a lifetime writing music is music itself. I listen to “Jazz” as frequently as I listen to “Classical” music. Like all of my music, this work is based on a very integrated set of musical materials. What comes first for me? The sounds, the rhythms, the colors, the harmonies and then I work hard to integrate them across a 45-minute landscape.” augustareadthomas.com