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TANAKA Karen / 田中カレン


The Song of Songs

Birth Y: 1961 Birth C: JAPAN Gender: Female

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: Mixed music

Commission: Commissioned by Yutaka Fujishima and the Xebec Hall

Performer(s): Ryoichi Fujimori

First perf.: 10/11/1996, Mito, Japan

Duration: 08:00

Perf. Country: JAPAN

Instruments: For cello and electronics

Publisher: Chester Music Ltd

Prog. notes: Composer note:
The title comes from the Song of Solomon of the Old Testament, which is a beautiful song of love. It begins as follows:

The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.

I have attempted to project this sensual song of love onto the sound of cello and computer. My intention was to weave color and scent into the sound while blending the ancient story and today's technology. The sound of cello is consistently gentle and tender.

This work was commissioned by Yutaka Fujishima and the Xebec Hall. It was first performed by Ryoichi Fujimori in Mito, Japan, on 10th November 1996.

Editor: M.B.