Demeter, with a text by Szymanowski's sister Zofia Szymanowska based on the Bacchae of Euripides, is scored for contralto soloist, female chorus and orchestra and was written in 1917 during the period of war-time seclusion at Tymoszówka. The work was reorchestrated in 1924 and first performed in Warsaw in 1931. It was the theme of the Bacchae, with its conflict between Eastern mysticism and the more pragmatic West, that was given later expression in the opera Król Roger.
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Via: Naxos Music Library, PWM Edition (Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne SA)