Silence of Kharon

In Greek mythology, Kharon was a ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the deceased across the river Styx that separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. As a psychopomp his task was not to judge those which he carried, but just to guide them.

Silence of Kharon for piano, a work commissioned by Eriko Takahashi, draws its inspiration from this world of afterlife. This piece consists of two, somewhat violent Kharon-sections alternating with three, more contemplative Silence-sections. In front of death one experiences the need to think, guided by Kharon, one’s own past life and see all both good and bad things, and finally find and see the serene balance – or the truth – between them. But what is the truth?

The biggest moon of Pluto – Charon – one of the most silent and coldest places one could imagine, has been named after the ferryman of river Styx.

Section after section the sound of piano turns to more and more alienated from the ordinary piano sound and thus leads away from this world. At the same, this work is also a journey to the more silent side of the piano sound, ending up to harmonies created with harmonics.

Eriko Takahashi, to whom this work is also dedicated to, will give the first performance for this piece in Vienna in 2022.