Program #2116

Ancient words set to new music are featured on tonight's New Sounds. Highlights include Philip Glass's Akhnaten, the acclaimed opera which describes the rise, reign, and fall of the Paraoh through a series of minimalist tableaux. Syrian composer Abed Azrie has resuscitated the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh and he draws on Eastern and Western compositional influences in the process. Jim Berenholtz's The Psalms of RA features Egyptian and Hebrew texts, many derived from The Book of the Dead. The work symbolizes the passage of a day from sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, all performed by a 46-piece acoustic band of Western and non-Western musical instruments. Also on the show is SAVAE's majestic Ancient Echoes.

PROGRAM #2116 New Music, Ancient Texts (First aired on 1/27/03)





Abed Azrie

Epic of Gilgamesh

The Shepherds [2:30]
Gilgamesh's Refusal [4:00]
Death of Enkidu [4:00]

Auvidis #6800
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Ancient Echoes

Rannanu [6:00]

World Library Publication
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Philip Glass


Akhnaten, Funeral Dance, Act. I [9:00]

Sony #62960
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R. Murray Schaefer


Aria of Hasroet [8:00]

Centrediscs LP (out of print)

Jim Berenholtz

The Psalms of Ra

Tua Ra [4:30]
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Michael Nyman

Time Will Pronounce

Self-laudatory hymn of inanna and her omnipotence [13:55]

Argo #440282
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