Lights on Inanna
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Lights on Inanna is a piece for electronics (recorded voices and instruments) and ensemble of five players*, a “song cycle” in three movements composed on selected phrases from three ancient Sumerian tablets inscribed for their deity Inanna, Goddess of Heaven and Earth. The selected Sumerian texts for this piece of music (texts which almost take the form of “poems” for a deity, most likely transcriptions of orally transmitted texts) were found on three different tablets that were inscribed at different times. All of them describe one female deity, the almighty Goddess Inanna, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. The decision for an instrumentation of this piece was based on the sound-structural qualities of selected Sumerian words (and phrases) of intensity. These were picked with regard to their sound properties, next to their symbology. The vowels and consonants within the words in these phrases, with the possibilities that they provide within spectra, determined the musical material. The aim was to realize the sound-potential of these Sumerian words and to evoke their inherent timbres—the vibrations and (maybe) a potential inherent meaning or code in them—thereby evoking the "suchness" of Sumerians' varying thoughts about, feelings, or projections toward this same important deity in sound. In the way that these texts reflect the human -mind and psychology of the time, the music aims to point to and expose, under different lights, the past and the roots of our psychology as human beings—the very roots of our thinking / feeling / relating -mind. *The instrumentation for the piece is as follows: Oboe & English horn (1 player), Trombone & Bass trombone (1 player), Violin & Viola (1 player), Cello & Electric cello (1 player), Percussion (Vibraphone & Marimba, Chinese drums, Crash & Cymbal) (1 player), 2 Speakers, and Computer with playback. Additional members of a performance would be the conductor and the prompter of the recorded part to be played back. Recorded material, click-track instructions and other details can be obtained by contacting the composer.