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Selin, Hannah: Four Mountain Songs, I. Winter 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Four Mountain Songs, I. Winter
  • Subtitle: 
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    7
  • Year of composition: 
    2020
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • First performance (venue): 
  • First performance (performers): 
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    "Winter" is one of Four Mountain Songs, a choral song cycle based on poems from each of the four seasons by Sōtō Zen Buddhist poet-priest Ryōkan Taigu (1758-1831). The lyrics are in English, following translations by Nobuyuki Yuasa. "Winter" is based on an untitled poem. Yuasa's translation preserves much of the rhythm and meter of the original, but adds an extra layer of sibilance and more closed vowel sounds.

    As global warming causes increasingly drastic changes in weather patterns around the world, seasonal cycles are becoming more a nostalgic fantasy than a reality. How will seasons be experienced by future generations? What kinds of activities will be associated with them?

    Text:
    In soft spongy snow,
    Wrapped entire in its fullness,
    Stands the universe,
    And within its boundless space,
    Soft spongy snow keeps falling.

    - Ryōkan Taigu, trans. Nobuyuki Yuasa

    From THE ZEN POEMS OF RYOKAN by Nobuyuki Yuasa.
    Copyright © 1981 by Princeton University Press. Reprinted by permission.

 

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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