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franzliszt13
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Greetings and intrioduction

Post by franzliszt13 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:17 am

Hello everyone,

I am an researcher currently doing a PhD with the topic of Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. I am new at the forum, and as I am not a native Greek speaker, let alone ancient Greek, I am looking forward to join the community and engage in discussion on the ancient Greek language and myths that are to an extent an integral part of my research. My knowledge in ancient Greek is still very basic and limited, but I hope to develop the skills along the way.

Cheers

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Re: Greetings and intrioduction

Post by seneca2008 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:58 pm

Welcome to Texkit.

About 10 years ago I went to a total immersion weekend at the Barbican which was a great introduction to the variety of this composer's works which alas are not often performed in London, although they sporadically appear. I remember a memorable day two years ago when the Jack Quartet played almost all of the chamber music for strings in two concerts. Three members of the quartet used iPads to play from whilst the fourth had an enormous hodgepodge of paper sellotaped together. Just reading these works seems terrifyingly difficult let alone playing them.

I recall something embarrassing and amusing from the immersion day. It concluded I think with a film about Xenakis. There was an old lady sitting in the row in front of us and a rather overbearing chap arrived and started making a fuss that she was sitting in his seat. Some flustered flunkeys appeared and escorted the lady to her proper place and the poor chap who had caused her ejection discovered much to his chagrin that she was Xenakis' widow!

I am sure you will find people here friendly and willing to help in you study of Ancient Greek. No question is too stupid or obvious so don't be shy about asking.

Good luck with your researches. I hope you have some good mathematical skills too.

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Re: Greetings and intrioduction

Post by franzliszt13 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:11 pm

@seneca2008 - many thanks for the warm welcome. It is indeed an embarrasing story to hear that (now unfortunately late) Françoise Xenakis was sent away from the front row seat, but I guess the man could not have known. Apart from that, I am always glad to hear that Iannis' music is being performed and that people are curious to hear it. It is surely interesting even to the non-lovers of musical avantgarde.

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