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Elusive Tangibility IV: 月見 (Tsukimi) (2008)

手を打てば

木魂に明くる

夏の月

 

I clap my hands

and the echoes carry the dawn -

a Summer moon

蒼海の

浪酒臭し

今日の月

 

Waves on the blue ocean

smell of rice wine -

the moon of tonight

雲をりをり

人をやすめる

月見かな

 

Clouds -

a chance to rest

from moonviewing

冬庭や

月もいとなる

虫の吟

 

Winter garden

the moon thins to a thread -an insect's cry.

 

Basho Matsuo (1644-1694)

Duration: 7 Minutes

Instrumentation: AFl(+BFl) BCl(+CbCl), Tbn, 1Perc, Vla, Vc

World Première: 24th May 2011, Cuvilliès Theatre, Munich; Ensemble Recherche

UK Première: 5th November 2011, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London; London Sinfonietta, Martyn Brabbins (Cond.)

Commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

 

This piece was featured on the CD "Shadow Walker", and released on the Col Legno label. You can hear the piece in full at the Col Legno website, here.