"Subito", for soprano and orchestra, Rapti - Rekleitis
June 1, 2016
University of Missouri-St Louis, USA. --------------------
Subito is an experimental poem that is the result of lucid activity. It is an open game in which a subject speaks with an object, which, in this case, happens to be a doll named Phoebe (=Full of light, like Apollo as Phebus). Phoebe ultimately comes to life and switches roles with the speaking subject. In this endless game of role reversal the initial speaking subject goes through a trance and comes to terms with its inner desires and fears to finally fully submit itself to love. Lyrical and philosophical, this game continues on the level of language (a mixture of English and Greek with allusions to Greek myth and the Orthodox tradition) by evoking vivid imagery while drawing the reader's attention to its inner symmetry, mainly illustrated by acronyms reminiscent of Byzantine hymnography.