quartet "clothed like birds with wings as garments" : for oboe, French horn, trumpet & percussion
by Luke Paulding (2013)
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Performance by Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, William Blank from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 39.
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quartet "clothed like birds with wings as garments" : for oboe, French horn, trumpet & percussion / Luke Paulding.
Library shelf no. Q 785.5314/PAU 1 [Available for loan]
... This is part of a larger cycle of work that draws inspiration from my country of birth Bahrain, and by extension, Babylonian, Sumerian and Persian mythological associations from the surrounding regions.
The subtitle of the work comes from a translation of the Babylonian account of Ishtar, goddess of sexuality, life and war, who descends into theunderworld. Ishtar passes through seven doorways, and at each point the gatekeeper removes her clothes and symbols of her divinity. Naked and bare, she comes face to face with Erishkigal, the goddess of death, who unleashes 'sixty diseases' upon her. Without Ishtar, all sexual activity ceases on earth. This prompts Ea (king of the gods) to create the beautiful Asushunamir, who tricks Erishkigal into reviving Ishtar with the waters of life, and allowing her release. The ending is somewhat ambiguous. Perhaps she is also released with her beloved Tammuz, but texts on her Sumerian counterpart, Inanna, reveal that Tammuz (Dumuzid) was instead consigned to theunderworldto allow Ishtar/Inanna's release.
Instrumentation: Oboe, French horn, trumpet (in C), percussion.
Duration: 7 min.
Written for: Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble
Commission note: Pièce écrite dans le cadre du programme Voix nouvelles de la Fondation Royaumont.
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