Lights on Inanna

for an ensemble of five (each doubling)
and electronics

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, initial mix: Esin Gunduz

Esin Gunduz _ Lights on Inanna: Embodying Text and Transcribing for Instruments
presentation for Society of Bible Literature Conference - 2021
 San Antonio, TX.


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…


︎3rd mov. premiere
Ensemble Evolution, Banff Centre For the Arts, July 2019, AB Canada

︎Digital premiere
12th Annual Festival of New Music, Marshall University, February 2021, WV, Usa


© 2017 Esin Gunduz
Composer | Vocal performer

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