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

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Naito, Akemi: Ryusuimon 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Ryusuimon
  • Subtitle: 
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    7
  • Year of composition: 
    2011
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • First performance (venue): 
  • First performance (performers): 
  • Genre: 
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    RYUSUIMON Study for piano 
with optional imagery (2011)

    RYUSUIMON is a characteristic design motif expressing the flow of water. It is found on earthenware from the mid-Yayoi period, and evolved into the Flowing Water pattern of Dotaku (ceremonial bronze bells), circa 1st century B.C. While I was thinking about a new piano piece for Satoko Inoue, I had the idea of also creating a visual work, using images of water as a motif. I was inspired by the pattern of Dotaku, and then the idea of using Ryusuimon as an overarching concept for this work came to me in a flash. These ideas were realized in collaboration with the video artist, Kristine Marx, who kindly agreed to work with me on this project. Encountering Marx's work was a fortunate accident for me. In her work, I discovered the extreme beauty and endlessly ample possibility of expression in the video arts. It would have been impossible to create this work without such a reliable friend and enthusiastic collaborator. The composition of the music preceded the creation of the imagery.
    Although the origins of Dotaku can be found in China and the Korean Peninsula, the Japanese Dotaku originally developed in Japan, and its exact history is veiled in mystery. I was captivated by its symbolic meandering line, which I think of as a visual code, an incantation from ages past. I wanted to capture in my music the flow of water as an ancient people had expressed it.
    During the composition in July 2011, my dear friend Phyllis Goldberg passed away. It was Phyllis who took me to Marx's exhibition, and suggested that we should collaborate on a future piece. This work is dedicated to her spirit.

    Akemi Naito

    https://youtu.be/oTNIkUNnKL4

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
15
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Musicians1st player2nd player
Double Bass
2

 

 

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