“Ba-al zebhubh”

"Ba-al zebhubh"

“Ba-al zebhubh” (2003)

For Solo Violin

European première, Athens, Greece, November 30, 2016 by Tania Sikelianou

Duration: 5’.51’’

“Ba-al zebhubh” brings to the memory ancient images from Middle East, regarding the cult of which became the usual designation of the great weather-god of the Western Semites. Also related to the God of thunderstorms, fertility and agriculture, and the lord of Heaven.

From Ba‘al Zəbûb is variously understood to mean “lord of flies”, or “lord of the (heavenly) dwelling”. Originally the name of a Philistine god, Ba’al, meaning “Lord” in Ugaritic, was used in conjunction with a descriptive name of a specific god. Jewish scholars have interpreted the title of “Lord of Flies” as the Hebrew way of calling Ba’al a pile of dung, and comparing Ba’al followers to flies. The composition tries to recreate the buzzing of the flies in the first ‘Cantvs”, and the power of a thunderstorm in the second, through the metaphor of the ‘noise’ effect (thunder?), the pizzicati (rain drops?) and the extreme high melody (lightings?).

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