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Simon Holt

Publisher: Chester Music

Lilith (1990)
Commissioned by BCMG.
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
11 Minutes

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Programme Note
Simon Holt Lilith (1990)
“Lilith was a serpent; she was Adam’s first wife and, according to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, gave him: ‘Shapes that coiled in the woods and waters, Glittering sons and radiant daughters.’

Throughout the Middle Ages the influence of the word ‘layil’ (Hebrew for night) gave a new turn to the myth. She becomes an apparition of the night and at times a demon who assaults those who sleep alone or those who travel lonely roads – a tall, silent woman with long black hair.”

© Simon Holt

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  • Ensemble
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    Ulrich Heinen (vc), Rolf Hind (pf), Rinat Shaham (Ms)
    Simon Rattle/Martyn Brabbins
  • Large Ensemble (7 or more players):
Reviews's a fascinating work that can hardly be revisited often enough
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian online,31/01/2011
Friday's most valuable revival was the Lilith of Simon Holt (1990), a fissured, tightly wrought portrait of an obviously dangerous presence.
Geoff Brown, The Times,23/06/2009
Simon Holt's 'Lilith', a menacing work that is tightly constructed out of expressionistic gestures and fascinating instrumental detail, was given a forceful and firm performance from Mason and his players, who confidently attacked Holt's wicked depiction of the serpent Lilith.
Stephen Graham,,12/12/2008
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