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Philomel (complete)

dramatic song cycle

I. Introduction (0:53)

 

II. Tereus Meets Philomel (02:44)

 

III. Philomel Meets Tereus (05:04)

 

IV. Procne Rescues Philomel (03:25)--

V.Tereus Chases the Sisters (03:07)


music and text by Justine F. Chen (inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses)
Performed live by Jennifer Zetlan, David Shimoni/piano.



 

synopsis:
Philomel is raped and locked away in a hut with her tongue cut out by her treacherous brother-in-law Tereus.  After sending a tapestry she had woven telling the terrible story to her sister Procne, Philomel is rescued by Procne, and they exact revenge on Tereus by killing his son, Itys, and cooking Itys to feed to Tereus.  When Tereus discovers that he has eaten Itys, he grabs his sword and chases after the sisters, who run to the forest, then are transformed into a nightingale and swallow, while Tereus gets transformed into a hoopoe, a bird that nests in its own feces.



For program notes, click here.

 

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
THRILLED to be featured by the phenomenal Fleur Barron in Aural Compass' Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb 7 in Phoenix, AZ!  Click here for more info!

LOOKING FORWARD to my residency at UMD's prestigious School of Music and Maryland Opera Studio, February 2022!

CONGRATULATIONS to THE Divine CROSSING and Donald Nally performing the world premiere of my SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH on WRTI.ORG 12/19!

So Excited for our workshop of SEVEN SISTERS at Manhattan School of Music this Spring! Save the Date! 4/8/22!


CONGRATULATIONS to Kara and Peter Dugan on their hilarious performance
of my song Quarantine B*tch: R. S. V. P. at WQXR's 85th Birthday Celebration at The Greene Space on 12/5/21. Streaming now here!

 

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