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Light rain : for shakuhachi and string quartet

by Lachlan Skipworth (2009)

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

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Shingetsu / Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, shakuhachi.

Library shelf no. CD 2465 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2009

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

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Anne Boyd

Commission note: 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.


Resonate article: Anne Boyd: Imagination is our most precious resource by Lachlan Skipworth


Performances of this work

16 Sep 2017: at Kaoru Kakizakai – shakuhachi (Melba Hall).

15 Sep 2013: at Transfigured Night (Police and Justice Museum). Featuring Lina Andonovska, Sydney Camerata.

4 Dec 2012: at Lina Andonovska (fortyfivedownstairs).

18 Oct 2012: at Lunchtime concert series (Octagon Theatre).

10 Jul 09: St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney. Featuring Fellows of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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