"The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest written literary text in Near Eastern/Western cultural history, predating the Hebrew Bible, was communicated orally from circa 2200 BC [...] The epic relates the story of King Gilgamesh, partly divine, partly human, who may have existed historically circa 2800 BC [...] Having first encountered The Epic of Gilgamesh in my early teens, I have been thinking about a musical interpretation for over fifty years [...]" - Robert Saxton
- 30 minutes
Commissioned by Kenneth Woods for the English Symphony Orchestra, with funds provided by the RVW Trust.
ESO, conducted by Kenneth Woods, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 10th March 2023
- 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 2 A Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 2 Horn in F, 2 Trumpet in C, 3 Timpani, 86442 Orchestral Strings
- Composition date
|10 March 2023||Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford|| |
ESO, conducted by Ken Woods - WORLD PREMIERE