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"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