The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

August 14, 2012


Philoctetes
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http://www.alansondheim.org/philoctetes.mp3 (electric oud)----->
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Philoctetes by the shore ----->
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Philoctetes is a mythological character from the Greek tragedy by
Sophocles, a warrior who was on his way to the Trojan War when a serpent
bit him. The smell of his wound was so noxious that he was left on the
island of Lemnos and ostracized by his countrymen. When the war started,
Cassandra, the seer, said that without the bow of Heracles, which is only
possessed by Philoctetes and which he inherited from his father, the war
could not be won. Many believe that it's the Trojan Horse that is the key
to winning the war, but actually it's the bow of Heracles.
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So the Argives have to humbly go back to Philoctetes and ask him to rejoin
them. At first he says no. From all the pain that you have given me, even
if I could regain my glory, I reject you, even if it's at the cost of my
own redemption. Even at the cost of reconstituting my own existence.
Eventually, there is a deus ex machina that comes in to relieve him of the
burden of this decision, and so the Argives regain the bow and eventually
go on to win the war. http://philoctetes.org/about/story_of_philoctetes/
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Scorning Becomes Elektra

http://lounge.espdisk.com/archives/897 (easiest)
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra1.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra2.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra3.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra4.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra5.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra6.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra7.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/elektra8.mp3

Chris Diasparra, tenor
Azure Carter, voice
Alan Sondheim, oud, electric oud, guanzi, quqin, sarangi

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