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Sheet Music: Score

Spirit-presence : for Jiari-shakuhachi and Jinashi-shakuhachi / Bruce Crossman.

by Bruce Crossman (2012)

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  • Instrumentation: Player 1: Jiari-Shakuhachi (lacquered), 2 crotales with brass mallet, or small Japanese temple bowl with bead striker. Player 2: Jinashi-Shakuhachi (un-lacquered), or soft-toned wooden or unlacquered bamboo shakuhachi, 2 crotales with brass mallet, or small Japanese temple bowl with bead striker.
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Spirit-Presence was inspired by the earthy un-lacquered sounds of the Jinashi-Shakuhachi (Zensabo School) and Jim Franklin's Jiari-Shakuhachi (Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan), especially the heart of his sound-rich reverberation echoes and bell hints from the Hearing Stillness recording made in the Abbey Church in Neresheim, Germany. The reverential honkyoku stillness and reverberation with Christian bell overtones inspired my own evocation of ecstatic glossolalia (speaking in tongues) of the Christian tradition with the spacious bellbird sounds reverberant in the lower Blue Mountains bush, near where I live in Sydney. My work opens with the earthy roughness of long held-note un-lacquered sounds graduating air-noise sounds to half-pitches with slowly evolving vibrato against bellbird-like punctuations of high ringing metal resonances (either crotales or Japanese temple bowl) and glossolalia attack hints. An intense ecstatic centre forms a culmination of the vocalize hints of glossolalia and manic birdsong inspired life through repeated-note chant and agitated-sounds of un-lacquered shakuhachi versus sustained high register arpeggios of smooth-lacquered sound perforated with tamane gurgles on both instruments. The earthy roughness of long evolving sounds merging between half-pitch and air sounds with tamane returning amidst metal resonances and chant phonemes to still the piece to earth again.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (9p. -- B4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Complex rhythmic detail and changing colour nuances

Duration: 10 mins

Dedicated to Jim Franklin, Nina Haarer

Commission info: Commissioned for performance at the 2013 European Shakuhachi Festival

Includes program notes and performance notes.

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

Honkyoku; intercultural Asian-Pacific

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720125-97-8

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