Δευτέρα, 4 Απριλίου 2011

Sappho, Hymenaon



How could someone find the words to talk about music... Music is beyond imagination and yet always bound to be hindered or limited by it. Actually, it is a mistake to believe that we express ourselves through music; it is music that seeks means of expression through us, even though we tend to believe the opposite.
We are but agents; agents of musics spirit. Music is not a mere form of entertainment. It is knowledge. It is the condition in which we can actually have the SANCTUM SANCTORIUM, to our personal sanctuary. It is a lifetimes struggle for self-integration.
How can we speak of music? One can only feel it, sliding inside ones ears, chest, thoughts and mind, untold, inexpressible.
Music always finds the way to slip through the hands of time, thus making us even a few instants, eternal

Ioannis Papadakis
AVATON

HYMENAON
This fragment constitutes a celebrated dialogic couplet that belongs to the category epithalamia.
By the term epithalamia we generally refer to all wedding songs that stretch back to the ancient years as well as all kinds of poetry or verse that were inspired by the sacrament of matrimony.
In this couplet, the bride-to-be directly converses with the personification of her virginal life, representing the carefree period of the girls childhood that she now has to leave, behind once and for all, since by marrying she is bound to become a woman and from that point on she follows a path with no return to her life as a maiden or a girl
Her fear and anxiety of the unknown and the inevitable are obvious. Both the personification of Virginity that seems to abandon the girl and not the other way round as actually happens in real life, are most impressive.
Apart from the element of ingenuity or originality, the couplet also contains several remnants and influence from long-standing wedding customs that seem to have played a significant role in the form of the fragment in question

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dnohGtwi4

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