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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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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 108.


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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

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


Dumuzi's Embrace


Performances of this work

26 Feb 2022: at Recital by Kathryn Kibbe (viola) and Maria Sier (piano) (Bridge Church in Snohomish, WA, USA). Featuring Kathryn Kibbe, Maria Sier.

10 Jan 2022: at Farbenreich Konsert (Konsertsaal, HFK Bremen). Featuring Dongin Lahr.

10 May 2019: at 1919: A Centennial Viola & Piano Recital (Soochow Conservatory of Music). Featuring Shaowen Tan.

11 Jan 2019: at Friday Faculty Feature (Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall). Featuring Luis Enrique Casal.

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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