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Cities of the gods : a cycle of five works for solo cello

by Katia Tiutiunnik (2003)

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From the CD Cities of the gods

Cities of the gods


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Cities of the gods : a cycle of five pieces for violoncello solo / Katia Tiutiunnik.

Library shelf no. Q 787.4/TIU 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The symbolic dimension of Cities of the Gods is inspired by the premise that mythology is not imaginary, but rather the repository of ancient memories; and that ancient civilizations - much older, greater and more technologically advanced than assumed - were the product of knowledge brought to the Earth by extra-terrestrials. In the Bible, these extra-terrestrials are referred to in the as the Nefilim (Hebrew for "those who descended from above") and in Mesopotamian mythology they are known as the Anunnaki, whose leaders included the gods of the Sumerian/Babylonian pantheon.

The creative process resulting in Cities of the Gods included a substantial extra musical research component, which involved the careful reading of pertinent texts by various Near Eastern Scholars, including Zechariah Sitchin (one of the few scholars able to read and understand Sumerian, Akkadian and Assyrian cuneiform), whose ground breaking book, The Twelfth Planet, proved to be the most powerful source of extra-musical inspiration for Cities…I am also indebted to Harvard psychiatrist and acclaimed writer, Dr John Mack, whose outstanding analyses/explorations of human encounters with non-human intelligence, documented in Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (1994), exerted a significant influence on my creative process.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Cello.

Duration: 26 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMUS

Contents note: Portal to Nibiru -- Lament to Inanna -- O Fair Daughter of Man… -- Sacred Marriage in TILMUN -- Ali Dorati dei Nefilim (Golden Wings of the Nefilim). These are five pieces, not movements, and can be played as independent works and/or in combination with one or more  of the other pieces in this cycle.

Dedication note: Ali dorati dei nefilim: "Ommaggio a Franco Donatoni"

Commission note: Commissioned by David Pereira with funds provided by ACT Cultural Council.

First performance: by Julia MacLaine — 8 Feb 06. Concert Hall, Mannes College of Music, New York City, USA

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Ancient Mesopotamian history, religion and literature, Mesopotamian mythology, Near Eastern history and culture.

The individual movements can be performed separately.


Cities of the Gods


Performances of this work

29 Nov 2012: at Malaysian Composers' Series # 2: cello recital by Lachlan Dent (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLpac)). Featuring Lachlan Dent.

29 Nov 12: 3rd UiTM Malaysian Composers Series, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Featuring Lachlan Dent.

29 Sep 06: The Em Lee Concert Hall of the Turtle Bay Music School, New York City, USA. Featuring Julia MacLaine.

29 May 06: Memorial Day concert organised by Dr. Ariel Friedman, Harlem, New York. Featuring Julia MacLaine.

19 May 06: Em Lee Concert Hall of the Turtle Bay Music School, New York City, USA . Featuring Julia MacLaine.

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

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