Roberts, Phillip Christopher.
Her em Iteru (On the Nile).
Degree: DMA, College-Conservatory of Music: Composition, 2017, University of Cincinnati
Her em Iteru serves as the culmination of my studies
into Egyptological musicology andarcheological composition. The
materials borrowed from Ancient Egyptian sources include thetext,
from the Papyrus of Ani, otherwise known as the Book of the Dead,
from 1500-1400 B.C.E.and the Egyptian enharmonic scale, recorded by
the Ptolemaic Greeks in a method that has sincebeen translated and
deciphered. Other materials reflect more closely my personal style
as acomposer, including a propensity for atmospheric slow movements
emphasizing sevenths, andfaster movements or sections containing a
“groove” or ostinato.While the translations are provided, the piece
is sung entirely in the Ancient Egyptianlanguage. The first poem
speaks of plowing one’s fields on the banks of the Nile, both
worldlyand in the afterlife where the rewards may be reaped. The
second setting includes many utteranceof the word “Ankh,” Egyptian
for life. It paints the perspective of a mother after
childbirth,thanking the Gods that both she and the newborn live.
The opening and closing sections of thismovement utilize notes from
the only extant scale of Egyptian antiquity, to which ancient
harpswere tuned. These five notes make up the first chord played on
the harp, evoking an atmospherefrom thousands of years past. The
third movement depicts both celebration and fear at theflooding of
the Nile, a yearly event upon which Ancient Egyptians depended for
successfulharvest. Movement four serves as an interlude, with no
vocal part, introducing much of the pitchand timbral materials of
the final movement. The last of the set alludes to the Makhent
boat, onwhich the Sun God Ra was said to ferry souls to the
afterlife at day’s end. The ostinato evokes aslow barge flowing
down the river, with its major seventh interval borrowed from the
second,and mirror technique from the third movement. This
intervallic mirror corresponds to a vowelpalindrome seen in the
words “Ra auaait.”
Advisors/Committee Members: Fiday, Michael (Committee Chair).
Subjects/Keywords: Music; Soprano; Music; Ancient; Egypt; Heiroglyphics; Song Cycle
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APA (6th Edition):
Roberts, P. C. (2017). Her em Iteru (On the Nile). (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Cincinnati. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1491818188450595
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Roberts, Phillip Christopher. “Her em Iteru (On the Nile).” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Cincinnati. Accessed September 22, 2017.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Roberts, Phillip Christopher. “Her em Iteru (On the Nile).” 2017. Web. 22 Sep 2017.
Roberts PC. Her em Iteru (On the Nile). [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati; 2017. [cited 2017 Sep 22].
Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1491818188450595.
Council of Science Editors:
Roberts PC. Her em Iteru (On the Nile). [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Cincinnati; 2017. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1491818188450595