17 June 2014 | Tokyo | Japan | Ensemble Platypus | re:construction
Wärme. Arie gefallenen Blüten
Warmth. Aria to fallen blossoms
for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet & Violin
Yoshihiro Kawaura / Tamara Friebel
Access Points II
Warmth – Aria to fallen Blossoms
山路落花 Mountain Path, Fallen Blossoms
ちりそむる First snowfall
春の初雪 of cherry petals
ふりぬれば starting to scatter―
ふみ分けまうき how hateful, tramping through it
滋賀の山越 over the pass from Shiga!
[English translation by Burton Watson]
Gaining access to an intuitive expression that might be shared between our two thought processes was explored associatively. Pictorially an image of “composed” dried flowers was sent from one composer to the other, who responded with carefully selected poems about “falling flowers”, expressing a synergy between the desires of the composers for a communication which worked with onomatopoeic gestural components, both linguistically and expressively. The tradition of rich visual imagery within Japanese poetry was the background to the access behind these intuitive thoughts, where both composers sought through natural phenomena, the materiality of expression: Mountain Path, Fallen Blossoms from “Sankashuu” became a starting point to access their respective musical languages.