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The tower

First line:
Come, let us build us a city and a tower
author of text
various texts from the Bible, Qur'an, etc

Joanna Marsh wrote The tower having spent six months living in the centre of Dubai watching the construction of the Burj Dubai, a one kilometre high tower, from the building opposite where she lived for 18 months.

Joanna found in Burj Khalifa a resonance with the Tower of Babel. Both were overwhelming architectural conceptions demanding a massive workforce who like worker bees crawling over it day and night. Something about the dullness of the windowless exterior and its megalithic monumental stature sewed the seeds that grew into this piece. Both towers were the products of a determined, ambitious nation that was seeking to dominate the sky—the landscape, the horizon: God’s world. The tower uses a wide variety of sources to create an imaginary account of the story of Tower of Babel including the Bible, the Mishnah and the Qur’an. The tale follows its inception, construction and ultimate destruction.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2020


Marsh: Flare & other works
SIGCD644Download only


Track 9 on SIGCD644 [10'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD644 track 9

Recording date
3 March 2019
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Marsh: Flare & other works (SIGCD644)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: September 2020
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