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Al hisar

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Al hisar : a tribute to the people of Iraq, for violoncello / Katia Tiutiunnik.

by Katia Tiutiunnik (2001)

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  • Library Availability: Q 787.4/TIU 1 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: Cello.
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    Performance by David Pereira from the CD Thesis


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Al-Hisar, (Arabic for "The Siege") was intended, primarily, as a tribute to the civilian population of Iraq who, in the recent past underwent extreme suffering as a direct consequence of the effects of the US led United Nations (UN) sanctions. Al-Hisar was also intended as an expression of my sorrow at the destruction and plunder of Iraq's archaeological sites during the Gulf War of 1991. This tragic loss of heritage was intensified by the UN embargo, which prevented scientists from visiting Iraq's treasured archaeological sites. Furthermore, as there was little money to preserve and protect priceless remains, thousand-year-old structures were abandoned. Clay bricks with cuneiform writing on them from the era of Nebuchadrezzar, lay strewn in the sand. It was also my intention, in al-Hisar, to pay tribute to the countless victims of Saddam Hussein's brutal, repressive regime. These include the thousands of Kurds he massacred, as well as the numerous civilians who have been tortured and killed by his Ba'ath party for political reasons.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (5p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 5 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to David Pereira The violoncello version of al-Hisar was requested by the Australian cellist, David Pereira, to whom it is dedicated.

First performance by David Pereira — 28 Sep 01. Festival of Contemporary Arts, Great Hall of University House, Australian National University, ACT

This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.

ISMN: M-67301-857-0

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