Cassiopeia - Ariel Marx

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Ariel writes: Cassiopeia or Cassiepeia is the name given to several characters in Greek mythology. However, one is prevalent in the myths of ancient Greeks. Cassiopeia, the queen of Aethiopia was the wife of king Cepheus, daughter of Coronus and Zeuxo. Very beautiful and vain, she committed hubris by saying that she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than the daughters of the sea God Nereus, called the Nereids. As a result, Poseidon was infuriated and sent the sea monster Cetus to plague the coast of Aethiopia. According to other sources, he did not send a monster, but caused the lands to flood. Consulting an Oracle, Cepheus and Cassiopeia had to sacrifice Andromeda in order to appease the wrath of Poseidon; they chained her daughter to a rock next to the sea as a sacrifice to Cetus. However, Perseus managed to save her and kill the beast; he then married Andromeda. Unhappy that Cassiopeia was not punished, Poseidon tied her to a chair in the heavens, so that she would revolve upside down half of the time. This is how the consolation took its name, resembling the torture chair that was used for Cassiopeia’s punishment.

This piece is inspired by the imagery of Cassiopeia spinning - halftime right side up and halftime side down always clinging on for dear life and never in comfort, no stable in her orientation. The cyclical phrases and interaction between the two trumpet parts and the electronics create a dizzying chaos that spins forward throughout the piece.


from As I Am, released November 7, 2017
“Cassiopeia” by Ariel Marx for two trumpets and electronics


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Kate Amrine is a passionate trumpet player balancing a career developing new repertoire and freelancing with many different groups in the New York City area. She recently released her debut album “As I Am” featuring new music for trumpet by women composers. Kate also frequently performs on Broadway and in other regional musical theater productions both in and outside of the NYC area. ... more

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