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Rashomon confessions

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Rashomon confessions / James Ledger.

by James Ledger (2009)

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  • Instrumentation: Clarinet in A (doubling bass clarinet in B flat), 2 violins, viola, cello.
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    Performance by Musicians of the National Academy of Music, Paul Dean from the CD Chamber pieces


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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 (37p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 18 mins

Contents note:

Confession I -- Confession II -- Confession III.

Commissioned by Sydney Opera House with funds provided by Regina Ridge Trust.

First performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players at WASO Chamber Players (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room) on 13 Dec 2009

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2014.

ISMN: 979-0-720125-55-8

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