Theisen and Michael Hall premiering  Lamassu  at New Music Gathering 2017 (Photo credit: Tina Tallon)

Theisen and Michael Hall premiering Lamassu at New Music Gathering 2017 (Photo credit: Tina Tallon)

Lamassu (2017)

Instrumentation: Alto saxophone and viola

Duration: 9'

Dedicated to: Michael Hall

Movements: One movement

Program Note: Lamassu was written for and premiered by Michael Hall (viola) and the composer (alto saxophone) at the New Music Gathering 2017 at Bowling Green State University (12 May 2017). A lamassu is an Assyrian protective deity often depicted as having a human head, a body of an ox or lion, and bird's wings. Large lamassu figures are stunning showpieces of Assyrian sculpture. The composition intends to evoke this terrifying mythological creature and the ancient culture from which it arose.

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