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Simon Holt

Publisher: Chester Music

Minotaur Games (1993)
commissioned by St. Magnus Festival with subsidy from the Scottish Arts Council
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Programme Note
Simon Holt Minotaur Games (1993)
The Minotaur was a bull-headed monster imprisoned at the centre of a labyrinth constructed by Icarus's father, Daedalus. Asterion, for this was his name, was the fruit of a furious passion between the Queen of Crete and a white bull brought forth from the sea by Neptune. It, inevitably, fed on flesh and, as it fell to his lot to be killed, Theseus resolved to slay the monster. The death of the monster achieved, Theseus used the magic thread given to him by Ariadne to race his way out of the maze.
© Simon Holt

In Minotaur Games – the 1993 chamber-score recently revised by Holt into a much denser fabric of sound – the gritty, lurking darkness of the half bull, half man minotaur is powerfully evoked.
Rian Evans, The Guardian,01/11/2009
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