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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

RIVER OF FORGETFULNESS - Greek Song by Marius G.Mihalache

(piano version of an old composition of mine, with Greek influences).

Drinking from the river Lethe ("forgetfulness" or "oblivion") aused complete forgetfulness. Some ancient Greeks believed that souls were made to drink from the river before being reincarnated, so they would not remember their past lives.

The Rivers of Hades

In Greek mythology, Styx (Στυξ) is a river which formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld, Hades. It circles Hades nine times. The rivers Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron and Cocytus all converge at the center of Hades on a great marsh. The other important rivers of Hades are Lethe and Eridanos.

N.A. Originally this song was born from an improvisation. where I used harmonies from the romantic period of music. (composed by me as a classical guitar style). In that time a Greek friend gave me a call. I am born in Romania, but it seems that one of my grandfathers was Greek. Somehow I felt the need to write some music with Greek influence. So ... I altered the musical range (mode) in which I composed that song for classical guitar. Beethoven and his predecessors certainly left us an ocean of inspiration in the zone of cult music. (I I think about music as universal drawn ... notation system, tone / semitone, ... rules of composition, and other things that often compel our imagination). But the ocean is alive for other reasons, in our case, secular music, traditional music versus cult music. I have no idea from where it comes this music... but sometimes I feel so. Thank you for listening.