Emergence from autumn darkness to spring
by Bruce Crossman (2015)
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Emergence from Autumn Darkness to Spring is emotionally about an emergence from a long darkness into an ecstatic heavenly release, as if autumn had been transfigured into spring. The changing seasons are a metaphor of the burden of a friend's death and coming to terms with it through music. The music draws on traditional Japanese Noh play's jo-ha-kyū, using its five-part dan structure to create an intensification of instrumental colour from breath, to ecstatic pitch flourishes, and a quick return to air sounds. Symbolic sounds interlace and emerge in the structure of the music; Christian glossolalia (speaking in tongues) chanting frame the work, whilst Japanese Gagaku court music emerges in tangled, overlapping lines as type of heart cry at the most intense part of the structure-the third dan. The spiritual symbols of heaven and higher dimensions within an arch shaped musical intensification design are about loss and transcendence of the individual, who moves to perhaps a heavenly dimension.
Duration: 10 min.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Japanese Gagaku court music, Noh theatre and Honkyoku; Christian medieval plainchant; Martin, Medeski and Wood free form improvisation.
Performances of this work
24 Feb 16: Japan Federation of Composers concert, Tokyo, Japan
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