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: 10 Minutes, 30 Seconds

Instrumentation: 1(=AFl).0.1(=BCl).1 / 0.0.0.0 / 2Perc (Vib, Almglocken, Tuned Gongs, 2Chinese Opera Gongs, Holzkante, 5TBl, 2SD, BD) / Mezzo-Soprano Solo / Pno / Strings (1.1.1.1.0)

World Première: 15th May 2009, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, London. RCM New Perspectives Ensemble; Emilie Rénard (Voice), Tim Lines (Cond.)

Russian Première: 9th June 2009, Rachmaninov Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow. Studio for New Music Ensemble; Ekameruna Kichigina (Voice), Igor Dronov (Cond.)

Swiss Premiére: 17th October 2017. Studio Ernest-Ansermet, Geneva. Ensemble Contrechamps;

Hélène Fauchère (Voice); Yann Kerninon (Conductor)

This piece was featured on the CD "Shadow Walker", and released on the Col Legno label.

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Background artwork:  "Untitled, 2019", UV lacquer, oil on paper. Copyright © Johannes Tassilo Walter 2019. Reproduced with kind permission.