Dumuzi's Embrace : for viola
by Katia Tiutiunnik (2018)
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Performance by Elizabeth Reid from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 99.
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Dumuzi's Embrace for viola is a varied transcription of the second work of my 2006 cycle for solo violoncello, Who is like God?, entitled Embracing Dumuzi. As such, like Who is like God?: (ii) Embracing Dumuzi, L'Abbraccio della Rinascita is intended as a musical portrayal of my spiritual embrace and invocation of the Sumerian god, Dumuzi, the most ancient personification of the eternal cycle of life, death, destruction and renewal. In Sumerian mythology, Dumuzi is portrayed as a beautiful, innocently self-centred youth who dies and rises again, bringing both destruction and renewal with the turn of the seasons. Dumuzi also embraces the roles of priest, king and husband of the great Sumerian goddess of love, war and enlightenment, Inanna. He is the quickener of the child, the force that causes the sap to rise in the tree and a deity of fertility, vegetation and the netherworld. Dumuzi has also been called 'the Shepherd' and 'lord of the sheepfolds'. In the Sumerian King-List, Gilgamesh was descended from 'Dumuzi a shepherd'. The musical material of Dumuzi's Embrace encompasses melodies inspired by both the Arab and Jewish traditions, in addition to fragments intended to evoke my conception of ancient Sumerian music.
Duration: 3 min.
Dedication note: "Dedicated to my esteemed colleagues, Luis Casal, Robert Harris and Elizabeth Reid"
First performance: by Elizabeth Reid at Church Street Sounds of the Season: Cerutti-Reid Duo (First Congregational Church (St Albans, VT USA)) on 9 Sep 2018
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Spiritual and Sacred Music; Arab music; Jewish music; Mesopotamian Mythology
- In the form/style of: Spiritual and Sacred Music
Performances of this work
9 Sep 2018: at Church Street Sounds of the Season: Cerutti-Reid Duo (First Congregational Church (St Albans, VT USA)). Featuring Elizabeth Reid.
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