Sheet Music: Score
Rashomon confessions / James Ledger.
by James Ledger (2009)
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))
Duration: 18 mins
Confession I -- Confession II -- Confession III.
First performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players at WASO Chamber Players (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room) on 13 Dec 2009
This edition produced 2014.
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