Lights on Inanna

for recorded voices +
an ensemble of five (each doubling)*

*oboe | English horn, trombone | bass trombone, viola | violin, cello | electric cello (optional), percussion: vibraphone | marimba, crash | cymbals, tom toms | a Chinese drum (or an alternative).

Lights on Inanna
is based on the texts of
three ancient Sumerian tablets
that were inscribed for their Goddess Inanna
I read these texts as the humanity’s
cultural/psychological projections on women.


Throughout my compositional process,
I performed, recorded, and analyzed
selected phrases from these tablets.

I studied
the semantics, spectra, and the sensory experiences
that they bring about and
molded this data into instrumentation and orchestration.


My works generally explore
the union and opposition of energies
Lights on Inanna points to
by acknowledging
three -still present- cultural/psychological projections on women.

On three selected Sumerian tablets,
the Sumerians relate to their Goddess Inanna as the:

  •  adored object:  ︎[00:18] 
    …an-zà-śè maḫ-àm…
    …as lofty as the horizon… 

  •  destructive power:  ︎[04:56]
    …ku-ku za-lag ge-eş ĝar…
    …to turn darkness into light…

  •  as “one of” them:  ︎[10:42]
    …ur-re ca-mu-u-hul-le…
    …to make you joyous…

editing: Esin Gunduz
mixing: ︎Henry Birdsey

© 2017 Esin Gunduz
Composer | Vocal performer

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© 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer