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Rashomon confessions

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Rashomon confessions / James Ledger.

by James Ledger (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Clarinet in A (doubling bass clarinet in B flat), 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Musicians of the National Academy of Music, Paul Dean from the CD Chamber pieces


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The title of this work comes in part from a 1950 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa called Rashomon. In the film, four people witness the apparent murder of a nobleman and the rape of his wife and then give four differing but equally plausible accounts of what took place.

The film takes place in twelfth-century Japan, and one of the four main characters, the woodcutter, tells his version of the events to a passer-by in a ruined stone temple named Rashomon. The stories of the three other main characters - the nobleman, his wife and a bandit - are delivered at a trial through flashback. (The dead nobleman, incidentally, recounts his story through a medium). The film is a study in how people will lie to protect or even big-note themselves. I attempted to represent this musically by having two contrasting concepts running in each of the movements.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (39p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 18 mins

Contents note:

Confession I -- Confession II -- Confession III.

Commissioned by Sydney Opera House with funds provided by Regina Ridge Trust.

First performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players at WASO Chamber Players (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room) on 13 Dec 2009

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2014.

ISMN: 979-0-720125-55-8

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