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SHIMOYAMA Hifumi / 下山 一二三


Ichigo no tsukikage

Birth Y: 1930 Birth C: JAPAN Gender: Male

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: Mixed music

Commission: NHK-FM

Performer(s): Cello: Frances-Marie Uitti; koto: Teiko Kikuchi

First perf.: 1990 Oslo (ISCM)

Duration: 14:00

Perf. Country: NORWAY

Instruments: Cello, 17-stringed-koto and tape

Prog. notes: It is constructed in such a way as the sounds which are recorded beforehand in the tape and the live performance by two musicians are heard simultaneously. In the tape are recorded various sounds: multiphonically recorded sounds of 17-stringed-koto and cello, along with those of kotsuzumi, of shamisen, and even of something like natural wind. In this way the piece is intended to be a kind of chamber music acoustically, though it is a duet visually. It starts with an image of shinzan yukoku or deep mountains and valleys, and then develops through various courses until it reaches the final part where the 17-stringed-koto player recites a passage from Hojoki (late 12th - early 13th century Japanese essay written by Kamono Chomei), from which the title of this piece is taken.

Editor: MB

Phono: CD: Siglo de luz SDL-JP30.001-96CD (Distributed by phono Medios)