Everything I Touch : for Flute & Chamber Orchestra
by Margery Smith (2019)
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Library shelf no. 784.72832/SMI 1 [Available for loan]
The haiku and micro poetry by Kobayashi Issa
and Susan Sleepwriter inspire Everything I Touch. Kobayashi
Issa was a 19th century Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest
known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known as
simply Issa, a pen name meaning Cup-of-tea. Susan Sleepwriter
is a Sydney-based poet who loves words used concisely; words
that paint a scene, that leave behind the scent of emotion,
that expose the human struggle.
All of this inspiration for a composer!
The very essence of music is its quality of 'being in the moment' yet a physical score is a blueprint for the past, present and the future. Issa's haiku and Sleepwriters' micropoetry are simply about what is happening in this place at this moment.
The listeners are invited to form their own experience of the poems through the medium of sound.
Instrumentation: Solo flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, tenor saxophone or bassoon, trumpet in B flat, horn in F, piano, strings.
Duration: 25 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic writing for flute
Contents note: I. Everything I touch -- II. Summer night -- III. Out the train window -- IV. That wren.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Wendy Ireland
Commission note: Commissioned by Andrew Kennedy for Hourglass Ensemble
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Haiku poetry, society & culture, birds
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
4 May 2019: at 'Everything I Touch' Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Ewa Kowalski, Hourglass Ensemble.
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