Douglas Geers
Inanna's Descent

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Inanna's Descent
Genre: violin and computer
Duration: 11 minutes
Score: available upon request
Audio: MP3 excerpt here.
Full work upon request.
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This composition is a concert work adapted from music of “Inanna: Euphrates Survival Song,” a ninety-minute multimedia theater piece created in 2009. 

Inanna, an ancient Sumerian goddess known as “Queen of Heaven and Earth,” is an intriguing mythological figure associated with the city of Uruk, located in present-day Iraq.  The stories of Inanna have received increased study in recent decades as more sources have been discovered and translated.  Among these, the tale of Inanna’s descent into the Underworld is one of the most renowned. 

As she descends, Inanna gives up her godly protections one by one until she stands naked before her sister, Erishkigal, the Queen of the Underworld.  Without warning, Erishkigal strikes Inanna dead and hangs her from a hook on the wall.  Moved by the pleading of Inanna’s assistant Ninshubur, the god Enki eventually sends two creatures the size of flies into the Underworld to convince Erishkigal to allow Inanna to return to life. 

This piece is dedicated to violinist Maja Cerar, for whom it was written.

If you would like to know more about the methods used to compose this piece, please email Doug Geers.