WINTER SKOLION

For 8 players with 8 instruments that are categorized according to ancient Chinese classification of the instruments. 1987

The above 8 Chinese characters show instruments that are made out of 8 materials (From top left to right, then down left to right):

METAL – STONE – SILK – BAMBOO – GOURD – EARTH – LEATHER – WOOD

SKOLION (pl. SKOIA) means a song(s) sung by invited guest at the banquet in ancient Greece.
WINTER SKOLION is paired with EUTERPE for orchestra, both of which are based on the same melodic line, skolion of SEIKILOS.

The first performance:

by AVANTI! at the celebration hall of University of Helsinki, January 29, 1988

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