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THE PEDDLER
Symphonic poem for voice and orchestra
Poem by Ioannis Gryparis
1920/1924

 

Orchestra: 3 3 3 2 – 4 3 3 1 – Timpani, Percussion, 2 Harps, Celesta, Strings

Duration: 12’

First Performance: 11 February 1921
Auditorium of the Hellenic Conservatory, Athens
Soloist: Marika Kalfopoulou (with piano accompaniment)

Publication:
Full score: Unpublished.
Voice and piano, Gaetanos, Athens n.d.
Original text in Greek [link: http://logotexnikesmikrografies.blogspot.gr/2012/07/blog-post_2449.html] with Italian [N. Poriotis] and French [H . Missir] translation.

Discography:
Manolis Kalomiris:
The Peddler / Rhapsody No. 1 (arr. G. Pierné for orchestra) & No. 2 "Song to the Night" (arr. B. Fidetzis for orchestra) / In St. Luke's Monastery / Minas the Rebel / The Death of the Valiant Woman.
Russian State Symphonic Cappella
Byron Fidetzis, conductor
Nina Kaloutsa, soprano
Eva Kotamanidou, narrator
2000, PHORMIGX 111100

2.Kalomiris-The Peddler-manuscript title page

The Peddler (O Pramateftis), n.d. autograph manuscript with dedication to Gabriel Pierné, title page. [© MKS]

 

Here you can read an English translation of the poem made by Eugenia Kalofonou, for the CD booklet.

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ΤΗΕ PEDDLER

A young peddler arrived from Constantinople

with exquisite goods
of silver and gold
and exquisite dark brown eyes.

 

And the young virgins of the village longing with desire

hanging out of the windows

and restless married women

dreaming of his beautiful bushy eyebrows.

 

He wears a golden sash

wrapped around his waist, slender like a ring.

– Even the fairest of the widows can’t resist:

“Hey, you merchant, I like so much

the sash you wear, and I will pay you

whatever you ask or even double”.

– “I don’t sell it for golden coins

neither for a thousand grossia.

So –my fair lady whom dare I call

a lilly or rather a rose–,

as it has costed me a kiss

so I will sell it for two”.

– Haste ye to the magnificent cave,

you merchant with the beautiful eyes

and I will give you the price you ask

and take my merchandise.

 

– And so he, mounting a mule

with golden saddler

runs in haste to the magnificent cave

reaching it at midday.

 

There, he ties the mule to a wild apple tree,

which casts its shadow close to the cave.

And, to protect his eyes

from the blinding light,

he holds his palm up in front of them

rushing towards the cave.

He enters exhausted

and falls asleep.

 

– And in this enchanted cave

where he slumbers,

filtering through his sleep

Mermaids with part breasts

and necks of marble,

empty and shadeless beings

causing him to shiver in awe,

adorn their thick tresses

With magic ornaments,

Rings on their fingers

and roses petals for fingernails.

Glistering golden hair and eyes

like black olives.

– Such as the thick perfumed honey

that fills the Hyvlean honeycombs.

Then, one of these ghostly creatures,

an enchantress of death,

bewitches the young merchant

and steals his wits.

 

– Now, in the countryside, the young merchant

laments as he utters:

“One Kiss, it cost me , just one kiss

and I would have sold it for two

the sash, the beautiful woven sash,

made for me by my fiancée…

A mermaid put a spell on me

while in some strange land and stole my wits.


Gryparis, Ioannis (1870 – 1942), lyric poet who wrote in the demotic, combining Greek traditional poetry with the French literary currents of Parnassianism and Symbolism. He was also an accomplished translator of several ancient tragedies and of Platos’ Republic. His poem The Peddler (O Pramateftis) is from the collection Scarabs and Terracottes (Athens, 1928).

[Note by Maria Voelker-Kamarinea]


Audio
The Peddler
State Symphony Capella of Russia
Conductor: Byron Fidetzis
Soprano: Nina Kaloutsa
Link

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