Tsuki no Shirabe for flute and koto
Tsuki no Shirabe was composed at the request of Jun Aita-san to commemorate her 60th birthday of her mother, Michiko Saito-san. I asked to compose music that is both reminiscent of Japanese music and aesthetics, and also sounds like my own. The challenge was to strike a balance that respects the rich musical tradition of Japan, while never resorting to mere exoticism. The piece consists of six parts all performed without pause, forming a large, musical narrative. The themes are cyclical, and are developed in ways biographical to the life of Saito-san. In the kumiuta tradition of art song with koto, the performer both sings and accompanies herself. In keeping with this, texts were carefully selected to reflect periods of her life.
Table of Contents
Abstract -- Text and translations -- Performance notes -- Score -- Vita -- Bibliography