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light rain

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

light rain : for shakuhachi and string quartet / Lachlan Skipworth.

by Lachlan Skipworth (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Shakuhachi (or flute), 2 violins, viola, cello.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, Mariana Green, Claire Herrick, Maike-Caroline Drabe, Will Hewer from the CD Shingetsu


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light rain begins with sustained tones in the shakuhachi which are passed to natural harmonics in the strings, creating a luminous surface texture. Like rain drops on a calm pond, subtle agitations from the shakuhachi begin to create ripples and shimmering colours in the accompaniment. The shakuhachi part incorporates ornamental figures and pitch slides found in traditional shakuhachi honkyoku music, and ma, a Japanese concept of relative space, has been used to decide the time between each gesture.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 5 performance parts (23p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 8 mins

Dedicated to Anne Boyd

Commission info: The piece is dedicated to my teacher, Anne Boyd, with whom I share a deep appreciation of Japanese traditional music.

First performance by Fellows of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra — 10 Jul 09. St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney

The composer cites for following work as an influence on this work:

Goldfish through summer rain, by Anne Boyd.

Awarded 1st prize in the University of Sydney Union PALM Awards 2010.

Typeset edition.

Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Anne Boyd: Imagination is our most precious resource

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