Film Suite No. 1, for string orchestra and piano. 1994
First performance: Minsk, State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus, Dimitris Botinis, Junuary 20, 2002, Duration: 19 min
Film Suite No. 1
In my mind, this work is associated with two of my favorite cities. Thessaloniki, where the music of these films was first premiered during the city’s Film Festival (and well received, judging from the awards it won) and Patras, where, in 1994, it was played for the first time as a single work, by the Soloists of Patras, an excellent orchestra, led by the conductor Dimitris Botinis, who commissioned the work.
The suite is based on themes of eight films from the 5-year period 1990-1994: Dimitris Mavrikios’ Aenigma Est (1990), Lefteris Xanthopoulos’ The master of the Shadows (1990), Giorgos Karipidis’ Dead Liqueur (1992), Angeliki Antoniou’s Donusa (1992), Thanassis Rakintzis’ Ariadne lives in Leros (1993), Panos Karkanevatos’ Borderline (1994), Stelios Pavlidis’ Presumed Suspect and Yiannis Typaldos’ Terra Incognita (1994), and also the 1992 TV series The Guards of Achaia.
Originally the work was composed for string orchestra (with a leading solo violin) and piano. In this new version from 2009 the piano part is replaced by vibraphone and marimba.
The suite has also been transcribed for string quartet and, in both versions, it has been often performed in Greece and abroad.