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Al-Hisar : A tribute to the people of Iraq, for violoncello

by Katia Tiutiunnik (2001)

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Performance by David Pereira from the CD Thesis

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

Library shelf no. Q 787.4/TIU 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Cello.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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

The composer has noted the following influences on this work:
Arab music; Russian music.


Al-Hisar (for viola)
Al-Hisar (for viola)
Al-Hisar (for cello)


Performances of this work

11 Apr 16: Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Bangkok) , Thailand. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

11 Jun 14: Egyptian Networking Tourism Dinner, Grand Millenium Hotel Ballroom, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

28 Feb 14: Recital Hall, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Featuring Luis Enrique Casal.

9 Aug 2012: at Arcadian Visions (Toronto Music Gardens). Featuring Pemi Paull.

25 May 2012: at Pemi Paull Plays Godin, Oesterle and Tiutiunnik (The Church of St John the Divine). Featuring Pemi Paull.

2 Jul 11: L'Envers, Montreal. Featuring Pemi Paull.

3 Dec 09: “Borealis in Australis” guest lecture, Batemans Bay Campus of the University of Wollongong. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

20 Apr 08: Lecture recital "Music, Education, Feminism, Religion and the War on Terror", Batemans Bay Campus of the University of Wollongong. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

20 Apr 08: International Congress of Women in Music, Planned Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China. Featuring Linda Lin.

28 Nov 07: Guest lecture presentation for the Composition Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

28 Nov 07: Wheaton College, Illinois USA. Featuring Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff.

23 Oct 07: Flora and Bernell Snider Recital Hall, California State University, Stanislaus (CSUSTAN). Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

19 Jul 07: Cedros Designer District Gallery Night, Gallerie D’Arte International, Solana Beach, San Diego, California, USA. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

19 Oct 06: International House Salon Night Series, International House of New York. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

18 Oct 06: World Music Days, Public School IS 192, Bronx, New York, USA. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

13 Oct 06: World Music Days, Public School 10X, Bronx, New York, USA. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

3 Oct 06: Barrows Hall, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Chicago, IL, USA. Featuring Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff.

24 Jun 06: Dom Kompozitorov (the Palace of the Saint-Petersburg Composers’ Society), Bolshaya Morskaya, Russia. Featuring Stanislav Lyamin.

20 Jun 06: Eurobadalla Music Society concert, Church by the Sea, Batemans Bay NSW. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

8 Feb 06: Concert Hall of the Mannes College of Music, New York City. Featuring Julia MacLaine.

11 Nov 05: Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Andrew Wilson.

28 Sep 01: Festival of Contemporary Arts, Great Hall of University House, Australian National University, ACT. Featuring David Pereira.

28 Sep 01: Graduate Symposium of the Australian Musicological Society. Featuring Katia Tiutiunnik.

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