CHAMBER MUSIC

QUINTET WITH SONG
For piano, string quartet and voice.
1912 / 1938

I. Allegro appassionato
II. Oblivion (Lithi) [Lorenzos Mavilis]
Andante
III. Intermezzo
Allegretto
IV. At the Panigyri [folk poetry]
Allegro vivo

Duration: 45’

First Performance: 23 February 1914
Auditorium of the Athens Conservatory
Greek Quintet (Georgios Chorafas, Michail Kazazis, violin, Filoktitis Ikonomidis, viola, Rudolf Geidenberger, cello, Manolis Kalomiris, piano)
Singer: Irene Skepers

Publication:
Only the second movement “Oblivion” [“Lethe”]
Gaetanos, Athens 1936. [Out of print]

Recording
Piano works and “Oblivion”
Aris Garoufalis, piano
Athens Quartet (Tatsis Apostolidis, Ersi Kagelari, violin, Yannis Vatikiotis, viola, Telis Katsikakis, cello)
Markella Hatziano, mezzo soprano
Concert Athens (Greek Cultural Office CD02/89)
Recorded in Athens, Greece, January 10, 1987

Audio
Manolis Kalomiris “Oblivion” [link]
from the Quintet with Song, on a poem by Lorentzos Mavilis.
From the above mentioned recording.

The title page of the autograph manuscripts is: Κουϊντέττο και Τραγούδι (i.e., Quintet and Song, also in French translation Quintette et Chant). The same title appears on the existing transparency for a projected publication (Athens, 1962) which, however, was not completed. The title at the cover of the autograph manuscripts and the edition of Lithi, is Κουϊντέττο με Τραγούδι (Quintet with Song).


The program from the premiere (23 February 1914) states that the Quintet with Song was being performed for the first time in its entirety, as two movements had been previously performed: II. Oblivion [Lithi] and III. Intermezzo, at the commemoration of Lorenzos Mavilis (1860 – 1912), 28 March 1912, Parnassos Hall, by the Greek Quintet; Nina Foka, soloist.
[Notes by Fivos Anoyannakis, additions by Myrto Economides]


Manolis Kalomiris, “Oblivion”. Gaetanos edition, (Athens, 1936), dedicated to Marika Kalfopoulou (Varna, Bulgaria 1899 – Athens 1976), a noted Greek opera singer and teacher at the National Conservatory (Ethniko Odeio). This copy bears a handwritten dedication by Kalomiris, to his long time friend and collaborator, mezzo-soprano Spéranza Calo (Constantinople 1885 – Paris 1949). [© MKS]


II. Lithi (Lethe, oblivion), one of the best-loved sonnets by “sonneteer” Lorenzos Mavilis (1860 – 1912) who left many poems written in a perfectly polished language and form.


Lethe by Lorentzos Mavilis
Fortunate are the dead who forget
the bitterness of life. When the sun sets
and dusk follows, do not weep for them,
no matter how deep your sorrow may be!

At such an hour the souls are thirsty and go
to οblivion's crystal-cold spring;
but the water will turn muddy,
if a tear is shed for them by the beloved.

And if they drink turbid water, they recall,
passing through fields of asphodels,
past sorrows that sleep within them.

If you cannot but weep, at sunset,
your eyes should lament for the living
who seek to forget, but cannot do so.

[Translation by P. Karagiorgos. Source] [link]


Lorenzos Mavilis in Wikipedia [link]


IV. At the Panigyri
(Panigyri, festival, fair, celebration of various folk festivities on both religious and secular occasions.)
Here Kalomiris sets to (original) music folk poetry that doesn’t come from any published collection of demotic songs, but as he recalls them from memory, from St. Elias fair in Kordelio, Smyrna, back in 1908.


Bibliography
Yannis Belonis, The Chamber Music of Manolis Kalomiris, Doctoral thesis at the Department of Musical Studies / University of Athens, 2004.

ΟΡERΑS

THE MASTER BUILDER
Ο Πρωτομάστορας

THE MOTHER'S RING
Το δαχτυλίδι της Μάνας

SUNRISE
Ανατολή

THE SHADOWY WATERS
Ξωτικά νερά

KONSTANDINOS PALEOLOGOS
(The Fall of Constantinople)

Κωνσταντίνος ο Παλαιολόγος (Πήραν την Πόλη)

WORKS FOR VOICE AND ORCHESTRA

MAGIC HERBS
IAMBS AND ANAPAESTS - PART II
Μαγιοβότανα

THE PEDDLER
Ο Πραματευτής

I LOVE YOU
IAMBS AND ANAPAESTS - PART I
Σ’ αγαπώ

SONGS OF SIKELIANOS
Τραγούδια του Σικελιανού

FIVE SONGS FROM
THE FOURTH BOOK OF

THE CITY AND THE SOLITUDE
Πέντε τραγούδια από το τέταρτο βιβλίο Της πολιτείας και της μοναξιάς

THE TWO TOWNCRIERS
Οι δυο διαλαλητάδες

THE CURSE
Η κατάρα

“HAIDE HOURDE”
Χάιντε Χούρδε

WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO

ORIENTAL PAINTING
Ανατολική ζωγραφιά

THREE BALLADS
Τρεις μπαλάντες

NOCTURNE
Νυχτιάτικο

PATINADA
Πατινάδα

TWO RHAPSODIES
Δύο ραψωδίες

PRELUDES FOR PIANO
Πρελούδια για πιάνο

THE DEATH OF THE VALIANT WOMAN
Ο θάνατος της Αντρειωμένης

ΙΝΤΕΡΜΕΖΖΟ (from the opera SUNRISE)
Ιντερμέδιο (από την όπερα Ανατολή)

PRELUDE (from the MAGIC HERBS)
Πρελούδιο (από τα Μαγιοβότανα)

WORKS FOR TWO PIANOS

PRELUDE AND FUGUE
Πρελούδιο και φούγκα

ROMEIKI SUITE
Ρωμέικη σουίτα

SYMPHONY No. 3, “PALAMIKI” – Third part
Συμφωνία αρ.3 «Παλαμική» – Τρίτο μέρος

MINAS THE REBEL - CORSAIR OF THE AEGEAN
Μηνάς ο Ρέμπελος – Κουρσάρος στο Αιγαίο

PEDAGOGICAL WORKS FOR PIANO

FOR THE GREEK CHILDREN
Για τα ελληνόπουλα

FIRST PIANO LESSONS
Τα πρώτα μαθήματα για πιάνο

INCIDENTAL MUSIC

MUSIC AND MELODRAMA FOR “STELLA VIOLANTI”
Στέλλα Βιολλάντη – Μουσική και Μελόδραμα

SABBATH OF SOULS
Ψυχοσάββατο

PARGA
Η Πάργα

MACBETH
Μάκβεθ

THE SHEPHERDESS’ LOVER
Ο αγαπητικός της βοσκοπούλας

MUSICO-PEDAGOGICAL WORKS

ELEMENTARY THEORY
Στοιχειώδης θεωρία

VOCALISE – ÉTUDE

HARMONY
Αρμονία

MUSICAL FORMS
Μουσική μορφολογία

INSTRUMENTATION
Οργανογνωσία

FIRST PIANO LESSONS
Τα πρώτα μαθήματα για πιάνο

LESSONS IN MUSIC
Μαθήματα μουσικής

MELODIC EXERCISES
Μελωδικαί ασκήσεις

RHYTHMIC EXERCISES
Ρυθμικαί ασκήσεις

HARMONY EXERCISES
Θέματα αρμονίας

WORKS NOT LISTED IN THE MAIN BODY OF THE CATALOGUE
Έργα που δεν αναφέρονται στο κυρίως σώμα του Καταλόγου