The Feast of Herod

Completed in August 2023, the Feast of Herod is scored for politiko laouto, violin, viola, cello and double bass.  The politiko laouto is a 7-string lute, often referred to as a “Greek oud”, and is found in Greece and Cyprus.  It is similar in appearance to an oud but a little smaller and, in most respects, it is played like an oud, plucked with a long spectrum.  The Feast of Herod depicts a banquet scene, where a veiled dancer performs an exotic dance, followed by dancers of the harem.   It is made up of two movements, characterized by an emphasis on melody and rhythm, rather than harmony and makes use of variational techniques (ornamentation, melodic/rhythmic patterns).


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