Alexandros Livitsanos was born in Athens in 1985. His interest for music began at a very early age. He owes his first musical influences to his father, who is also a musician.
His first essential occupation with music though, will come many years later. At the age of 17 Alexandros begins classical piano studies at the National Auditorium in Greece, he continues with composition and later with jazz, learning from the most important Greek teachers (P. Nousia, Fylaktos, M. Rozakis, M. Alexiou)
In the following years he collaborates as a pianist and composer with many acknowledged artists of the music industry. That is also the time that he begins discovering the world of brass instruments and receives French horn lessons.
About “Circular Argument”
“Circular Argument” Suite for brass quintet is Livitsanos first attempt at brass instrument composition. His collaboration with Ventus Ensemble on various other works of his was the trigger for completing this work and for having it rearranged for Ventus Ensemble, thus taking the final formal it has today.
The work consists of four parts. Each part has its own character, always keeping the main theme as the base. Even though the first three parts differ between them stylistically, they work together as a whole for the development of the work, which culminates at the right moment in the fourth part.
Generally, brass instruments are considered a quintessential part of the music of Balcan countries. Through this work we will see this idea being overridden at times, but also being supported by balancing between geographical regions. We are thus reminded of the role that brass instruments had, not only in Balkan music tradition, but also in the music of Wagner and Verdi.
The uniqueness of the work lies in the fact that each listener can emotionally connect to it. The listeners can recall memories and feel this music as a background to their own experiences. The composer himself began the composition of the piece holding his own emotional moments and experiences as a starting point. So it would be impossible for these feelings not to be passed on to the listener!