Leander’s Swim (2013)

piano and electronics

7-8 minutes

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performed by Kari Johnson



Leander’s Swim, for piano and live electronics, is inspired by Cy Twombly’s 1984 painting, Hero and Leandro, Part I.
The Greek myth of Hero and Leander recounts the story of two lovers, a priestess of Aphrodite, Hero, and a young man, Leander. Nightly, Leander would swim across the Hellespont to be with Hero, whose lantern would guide the way to safety. One night, Leander attempted the passage in a storm. The strong winds extinguished Hero’s light, and Leander perished at sea. Upon discovering Leander’s body, Hero jumped to her death to be with Leander.