"Theseus was commissioned by the wonderful harpist Judy Loman. Having written The Crown of Ariadne for her, I decided to make this a companion piece, and, in fact, some of the Ariadne music is revived in Theseus. The piece also contains a descending series of notes, S (E flat) C H (B natural) A F E, as a kind of signature, a device Shostakovich was also fond of; and, in fact, the 65 Shostakovich influence is easily detectable in Theseus. Later I orchestrated the work and incorporated it into Patria 5: The Crown of Ariadne, where it almost assumes the importance of a harp concerto."
R. Murray Schafer
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