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Celestial Sounds: Japanese Sacred Court Music and Recent Reverberations

Friday, March 24, 2006 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Presenting renowned musicians originating from the Reigakusha orchestra

Hitomi Nakamura – hichiriki
Mayumi Miyata – shō
Takeshi Sasamoto – ryūteki

with commentary by Professor Naoko Terauchi

and New York artists

Marie Dalby – viola da gamba
Nancy Kito – harpsichord

The gagaku repertoire preserves musical modes no longer extant in their countries of origin in Central Asia, Tibet, China, and Korea. Its orchestrations have accompanied sacred and secular practices in Japan continually since the 8th century down to the present day. And yet in the words of Henry Cowell, “It is the most avant garde music in the world today. I love it.”

The concert will conclude with a world premiere of Koyomi (Almanac) by Hiroya Miura, featuring Mayumi Miyata (shō), Nancy Kito (harpsichord), and Marie Dalby (viola da gamba).

Concert Program

Part I: The Classical Sound of Gagaku Music

Presented in an abbreviated ensemble of three wind instruments, ryūteki, hichiriki, and shō.

Hyōjō no chōshi


Demonstration of Instruments with Commentary


Tuning section (netori)

Free-rhythm prelude (jo)

Unfolding (ha)

Part II: Contemporary Music for Gagaku Instruments

Ryūteki solo Takeshi Sasamoto

Tsuki no shita nite (Under the Moon) (1992) by Takeshi Sasamoto

Hichiriki solo Hitomi Nakamura

“Finalé with an Etude-like Cadenza” from Bōkyō (Longing for Home) (2003) by Eikichi Kiyomoto

Shō solo Mayumi Miyata

Senkō-hana-bi (1997) by Robert HP Platz (1951~) (World Premier)

Koyomi (Almanac) for shō, harpsichord, and viola da gamba (2006) by Hiroya Miura (1975~)

]Life[ for shō, hichiriki and glass chimes (2004) by Gerhard Stäbler (1949 ~)


Friday, March 24, 2006
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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