In This World - duo version

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$39.95 score with all 3 parts (Options: Flute, Clarinet, and Violin)
$29.95 score with 1 part - must specify flute, or clarinet, or violin

Year Authored (or revised): 

2014

Scoring: 

violin or flute or clarinet, with marimba

Duration (min): 

18

The composer lived in Japan from the age of 5 to 8. Some of his earliest musical recollections are Japanese.

Besides relying on motives from traditional Japanese  music, In This World quotes three Japanese compositions:
--Etanraku, "a pedigree workhorse of a melody", used again and again in l9th century "Imayo", sung poetry associated with the nobility
--Edo Lullaby, from Japan's later middle ages (17th cent. - 1868), the so-called Edo Period (Edo was the name for Tokyo before it became the capital of Japan)
--Midare, by Yatsuhashi Kangyo, composer of koto music, who lived from 1614 to 1685. The title means "rough, unorthodox."

The title is taken from two haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), a much-loved poet, sometimes described as a Whitman or Neruda in miniature:

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell
gazing at flowers.

Only birds
Sing the music of heaven
in this world.

Ensemble Type: 

duo inst or voices

Duo parts for marimba with either flute, clarinet, or violin

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