Red

ENS.2015.5 | 7.15.15-8.12.15 | 17’
Soprano or Tenor, Piano

Midi Rendition of 1. Geryon
Midi Rendition of 2. Meanwhile He Came
Midi Rendition of 3. Geryon’s Parents
Midi Rendition of 4. Geryon’s Death Begins
Midi Rendition of 5. Geryon’s Reversible Destiny
Midi Rendition of 6. Meanwhile in Heaven
Midi Rendition of 7. Geryon’s Weekend
Midi Rendition of 8. Geryon’s Father
Midi Rendition of 9. Geryon’s War Record
Midi Rendition of 10. Schooling
Midi Rendition of 11. Right
Midi Rendition of 12. Wings
Midi Rendition of 13. Herakles’ Killing Club
Midi Rendition of 14. Herakles’ Arrow
Midi Rendition of 15. Total Things Known About Geryon
Midi Rendition of 16. Geryon’s End
Midi Rendition of 17. Palinode

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RED

Geryon was a monster. Everything about him was red.

So begins Anne Carson’s retelling in verse of the story of the monster Geryon, killed by Herakles for his magical red cattle as part of his labors. This composition sets Red Meat: Fragments of Stesichoros from Autobiography of Red, the first of two novels in verse Carson has dedicated to reimagining Geryon’s saga, originally told in a lost poem known as the Geryoneis (“The Geryon Matter”) by the Greek poet Stesichoros in the seventh century, B.C.

All that remains of Stesichoros are some fragments and a story that he was struck blind by Helen of Troy for slandering or abusing her in print. An enconium then came to him in a dream and, having written it, his sight was restored. The palinode reads simply: No it is not the true story./No you never went on the benched ships./No you never came to the towers of Troy.