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Neheh : flute, violin and cello trio

by May Lyon (2016)



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Neheh : trio for flute, violin and cello / May Lyon.

Library shelf no. 785.4413/LYO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Neheh explores five deities in the ancient Egyptian mythology, attempting to express through music their associated celestial bodies, elements, and / or parts in Egyptian cosmogony. Time in ancient Egypt was considered to be cyclic and eternal and was represented by the words "neheh' and "djet". Although there is no exact translation, "neheh" loosely represents Amun-Ra's continuous travel through the sky and the underworld.

Amun-Ra: Sun - The Creator
Khonsu: Moon - The Marker of Time
Sekhmet: Goddess of War - Desert Fire / The Lioness
Shu: God of Air
Osiris: God of the Underworld - Death, Immortality & Resurrection

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Treble & bass flute, violin, cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Extended techniques, rhythmic complexity

Commission note: Commissioned by The Glen Johnson Award, Macedon Music

Performances of this work

30 Sep 17: Narloch Piano Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Featuring Robin Meiksins, Rachel Moore, Hope Shepherd .

18 Sep 16: Lowland Farm, Macedon, Victoria. Featuring Syzygy Ensemble.

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