Metamorphosis of Narcissus (2011)
For chamber orchestra and fixed electronics
Duration 7 minutes
Commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble
Review of the world premiere:
“The Metamorphosis of Narcissus,” by Gity Razaz, an Iranian composer, was a world apart: a narcotic mix of dreamy French horn and clarinet calls, limpid Impressionist timbres and electronically induced expanse. Ms. Razaz’s music was ravishing and engulfing throughout a nine-minute duration…” -New York Times
I first encountered the story of Narcissus in the prologue to "The Alchemist," a novel by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Many years later, I saw “The Metamorphosis of Narcissus,” a painting by Salvador Dali that captures Narcissus’ myth in eerie and haunting double imagery. These sources have inspired me to re-tell the story of Narcissus in a version of my own: a musical drama reflecting on the internal and psychological transformation of Narcissus, beginning with his obsessive self-infatuation, moving through his drowning in the pond that reflected his image, and ending with his rebirth as the narcissus flower.
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