Her Body

The Anatomy of a Woman for marimba and string orchestra

Susannah Self

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The Anatomy of a Woman for marimba and string orchestra

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Composer Susannah Self
Year of Composition 2021
Duration 9' 10"
Instrumentation Marimba, String Orchestra
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-ss1hb1


A woman’s body is fed by many tributaries that flow like a river secretly within her. These fluids are hidden from the outside world, repressed, sent underground. The embodiment of her flow is contained within the coiled serpent at the base of her spine. This concealed kundalini energy informs the opening of HER BODY.

HER BODY develops to reflect on the life of a woman, her magnificence, her essence. The flow of her internal river becomes intertwined with other bodies in a cosmic dance where there is no longer male or female body, but just body contained within an inner and outer landscape. HER BODY is our shared experience of embodiment.

The third fast arpeggiated section further interweaves the first two elements, continuing to the final section in which all the rivers of our lives reach a slow majestic stasis. Moments of gratitude and reflection for the universal body that we all emerge from and return to is overseen by powerful and destructive goddesses such as Kali.