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The Golden Age of Pericles

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First featured in my 2015 album, "The Ancient Greek Tortoise Shell Lyre", this piece is dreamy, spontaneous improvisation in the ancient Greek Phrygian Mode (the equivalent intervals as D-D on the white notes ot the piano and misnamed the 'Dorian' mode in the Middle Ages). The distinctivey poignant, yearning characteristics of this mode are perfect for expressing an evocation of the lost world of the “Golden Age” of Athenian culture, which flourished under the leadership of Pericles (495-429 B.C.), a brilliant general, orator, patron of the arts and politician—”the first citizen” of democratic Athens, according to the historian Thucydides.

The Age of Pericles (461-429 BCE) denotes the period of history in which enabled the necessary conditions for Athens to rise as an academic and artistic superstructure which gave birth to Western Philosophy, in turn acting as the foundations of all we claim to know within our postmodern society and all its previous developments. Some have come to know this era as “The Golden Age” because in such a short period of time, advancements in all fields of practice flourished by merely by questioning the foundations in which knowledge was built from and if error was identified, correcting it by re-establishing the foundations in which its conception originated.