C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Jamieson, Daryl: Matsumushi 



Basic information

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  • First performance (venue): 
    Auditorium Umberto Agnelli, Tokyo
  • First performance (performers): 
    Masumi Yoshikawa (soprano), Yu Koresawa (ob), Kaori Ohsuga (pf), Seiko Takemoto (vc)


  • Program notes: 

    Matsumushi, by Daryl Jamieson, is based on the N・ play of the same name. It addresses the subject of the ephemerality of our temporal existence from a Buddhist/humanist perspective. The libretto is structured in five sections, each relating to one of the five Buddhist elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void. It begins with a barkeeper (a soprano) heading up to a moor, having listened to an old man reminisce about a lover from his youth who died on there decades before. She has visions of lives future, present, and past that pass through this empty flatland, culminating in the appearance of a ghost (the oboist) of the long-dead lover. The ending emphasises the continuity of life after death, not as a supernatural phenomenon but as a natural one, linking all living - and non-living - things together.

  • Technical specs: 

      1. For the first performance, a field recording of matsumushi insect sounds was played quietly in the hall for 15 minutes prior to the start of the opera (ie, as background during the interval or while the audience comes in). Using this is optional, but does nicely set the scene and prepare the audience for the opera. This audio file can be downloaded at the dropbox link below.
    Matsumushi insect sound file;

      2. The cor anglais/oboe player plays off-stage from the start of the opera until the end of Scene 4. From this point, the cor anglais/oboe player is onstage playing the character of the ghost of the long-dead lover. If fully- or semi-staged, the player should be onstage with the soprano (costumed and moving as a ghost), and not positioned with the piano and cello.



Total number of musicians: 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Cor anglais
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