Three Dances for Diana Nemorensis Sadie Harrison

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6 mins

Solos, Duos & Trios Solos •• Solo viola

1 Viola

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Programme note

Three Dances is based on the Greco-Romano tripartite representation of Diana-Selene-Hecate, known as Diana Nemorensis.

Representations of the goddess feature on several coins, one the most celebrated being a denarius minted by Publius Accoleius Lariscolus in September–December 43 B.C. It shows her three manifestations standing within a cypress grove surrounded by her typical attributes - a bow and quiver, a clasped open gown and flowers or cereal, possibly poppies or wheat. Each movement is prefaced by a quotation which highlights a characteristic interpreted within the music. The piece was written especially for Diana Mathews and is dedicated to her with admiration.

I: Diana
'She carries a quiver on her shoulder, and overtops all the other goddesses as she walks'
Virgil, Aeneid 1. 494 ff.

II: Hecate
'Hecate whose name is howled by night at the city cross-roads.'
Virgil, Aeneid 4. 609 ff.

III: Selene
'Daughter of Helios, Mene [Selene] of many turnings.'
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 44. 198 ff

The work was premiered by Diana Mathews on 19th August 2013 at St. James’ Piccadilly, London.

Diana Mathews (viola), Lunchtime Concert Series, St. James' Piccadilly, Lunchtime Concert Series, 19th August 2013
  • 9 Oct 2019 | 1:00pm |

    St Matthew’s Church, Westminster


    Katherine Clarke (vla)

  • 7 Jul 2017 | 1:15pm |

    St. James, Piccadilly


    Katharine Clarke (viola)

  • 6 Jun 2017 | 8:15pm |

    Milton Court Concert Hall, London


    Katherine Clarke (viola)

  • 1 Jun 2016 | 1:00pm |

    All Saints Church, Hertford


    Diana Mathews (viola)

  • 19 Aug 2013 | 1:00pm |

    Lunchtime Concert Series, St. James' Piccadilly


    Diana Mathews (viola)