I n s t r u m e n t a l   W o r k s

Misterioso (2015)

for Flute, Clarinet (Bb), Violin, Cello, Piano

 

Performed by Helix! New Music Ensemble live at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2015

Conducted by Heejin Oh

 

The very first eight-measure theme that you will hear played on the piano has actually haunted me for a few years. Only recently have I finally had the opportunity to put it down on paper and develop it. The piece comprises two contrasting sections – the first is characterized by the ‘misterioso’ waltz theme, and the second section breaks open from its harmonic and time-steady shackles to a free flowing motion in and out of harmonies, ebbing and flowing through triplets and tuplets. After culminating to a climax, echoes of the misterioso theme gently appear, after which the first section is reimagined and resounded. 

 

Sycamore (for Kiki) (2014)

for Orchestra

 

Performed by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Maestro Kynan Johns

 

For my grandmother, Kiki.

 

Dances with Strings

for String Quartet

 

i. Five-Six-Seven
ii. Pizzed Dance (or Pizzicato)
ii. Take a Bow

I did not know it at the time, but writing this string quartet was a reaction, a catharsis, to my grandfather's sickness after he underwent a serious operation. Thankfully, after some very close calls, he made it out very well. Lanos, his name, was the music not only in my life but in my family's life, literally and figuratively, as he serenaded us at the piano with Greek songs from his youth and the latest love songs, while coloring many moments with his cute, well-intended inappropriate jokes, always trying to make an un-smilable stranger smile. (And always succeeding in his purpose!) I realized much later how therapeutic composing this piece was for me, in dealing with the stress of his mortality and with the reality of losing his music from our lives. He lived six wonderful years after that. I dedicate this piece to his memory, for without him, my life would have existed without song, and without the music that has filled my world with so much meaning and joy.

A short excerpt of Pizzicato

The Crystal Shop

for Percussion and Orchestra


Inspired by an image from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, when Santiago, the protagonist, gazes into a window of a crystal shop. He senses that this shop will play a vital role in fulfilling his unique destiny; it is a stepping stone to moving onto his bigger life-purpose. What I had in mind was actually more of my own imagination than was ever described in the book. I contemplated and expanded the instant when Santiago gazes through the glass at these crystals. In a split-second, he sees all the potential held within them. I envisaged all types of crystals: their rainbow colours and reflections, their playful conversations, and of course their tinkling and crashing sounds - everything these crystals could be; their hidden secrets. A single moment that contained the potential of forever.

I dedicate this piece to every individual. We are all crystal shops, with hidden colors, reflections, shapes and sounds within us - potential that is waiting to be awakened.​

Piece X Piece
for Two Pianos


A rhapsody on black notes for two pianos.

A short excerpt performed by

Heloise Murdoch and Christo Jankowitz.

Moody Modes
for Two Flutes, one doubling on Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet (Bb) and Piano


A dedication to a musical and cultural hero in my life, Mikis Theodorakis.

A short excerpt performed live.

​Harmoniacs
for Harmonica in C, Harmonica in G, Clarinet (Bb), Electric Guitar

Performed live by Angelique Mouyis (Harmonica in C), Samora Ntsebenza (Harmonica in G), Morne Van Heerden (Clarinet in Bb), Jonathan Crossley (Electric Guitar).

Sketches of Note
i. Voices worth ‘A’ note
(for Four Voices and Oboe)
ii. Inter-A-ct
(for Two Pianos (Four Performers and Marimba)
iii. Opa!
(for Two Pianos)



 

Sam Sings Song​
for Saxophone Quartet
 

dedicated to the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet




 

© 2013 by Angelique Mouyis.

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