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.

mixing: ︎Henry Birdsey
editing, mixing: Esin Gunduz

Digitally premiered at Marshall University 12th Annual Festival of New Music, Februrary 2021.
Third movement premiered at Banff Centre For the Arts (︎Concert program link), July 2019.


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


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
which 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…

© 2017 Esin Gunduz
Composer | Vocal performer

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© 2020 Esin Gunduz.
Composer | Vocal performer