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Moon in Water

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Moon in Water : Mizu no Tsuki, solo for shakuhachi & voice / Anne M. Norman.

Also known as: Mizu no Tsuki

by Anne Norman (2018)


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broken and broken again the moon in water

kudaketemo, kudaketemo ari, mizu no tsuki

This evocative haiku was written by Ueda Chōshū 上田聴秋 (1852-1932) who joined the fight to end the Tokugawa rule, a time of turmoil when Japan was broken, and broken again. After the Meiji Restoration, Chōshū took up poetry and published a magazine promoting haiku.

The moon reflected in water evokes Zen metaphors for enlightenment, seeing the bigger picture... a liberation from the delusion of the separateness of Self from the greater One. That may well be, but rather than repeated clichés, I'd rather the listener find their own interpretation to the lyrics and what it means to be broken and broken again, and like the moon in water, still remain.

If you perform or record this piece, please let me know. I'd love to hear about it. I'm always happy to receive questions about the score. If you need it transposed to a different key in order to read at pitch, let me know. Make it your own. Play with the dynamics, the timbres, the tempo...

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (3p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — requires simultaneous singing and spoken word while blowing.

Duration: 3 min.

First performance by Anne Norman — 27 Oct 18. Canberra Nara Candle Festival, Canberra Nara Peace Park, Yarralumla, ACT

Includes program note and performance notes.

Early drafts of this work were performed as a duo with accompaniment by tabla - Sam Evans Apr 27, 2018 New Hall, Point Lonsdale Vic; shamisen - Noriko Tadano May 11, 2018 Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Boite World Music Café Vic; zither - Jürg Zurmühle Sept 4, 2018 Raum für Musik, Liestal, Switzerland. I then reworked it so I was able to accompany myself with two lines of music happening simultaneously by singing while playing.

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ISMN: 979-0-67311-580-4

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