Gilgamesh & Enkidu
(2012) for string quartet and live processing
Release on Ravello Records: March 11, 2016
Gilgamesh’s best friend, Enkidu, is murdered by the gods as punishment after he and Gilgamesh defeat the gods’ earthbound minion, Humbaba. At his loss, Gilgamesh’s world collapses, leading him to leave the kingdom over which he rules to seek the secret of eternal life in hopes of bringing back Enkidu. After traveling for days in silent darkness, he is met only with dismay. Following a brief encounter with hope, Gilgamesh realizes that he’s pursuing the wrong destiny: men are destined for mortality and a full engagement with the experience of being human.
Gilgamesh & Enkidu was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center as part of the 416 Club Commissioning Program. The project was supported by the Jerome Foundation, NewMusicUSA’s Creative Connections Grant, as well as generous supporters through the Cedar Cultural Center’s Cedar Seeder.
"its cornerstone is a brief, haunting theme that could have been employed to eerie effect in an Alfred Hitchcock film. It becomes a fugue that sighs with sad resignation, a solo cello's lonely cry, and the basis for a moving, world-weary finale."
-Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
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