Painting of Japan (2016)

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  • Instrumentation: Harp, violin.

  • Description: This piece was inspired by my recent and growing love of Japan, and my desire to start exploring what I could do with things like the pentatonic scale, more than what I had done in one section of Birds of Prey. In this piece’s 8 movements, a little snapshot of Japan is revealed. Each one has different challenges that can show off techniques of the different instruments, and some have different styles – some are more melodic while others are less so. The score-video performance below shows six of the movements:

    • I. Mt. Fuji​

    • II. Cherry Blossom Festival

    • III. Shinto Shrine

    • IV. The Koto

    • VII. Interlude

    • VIII. Bullet Train to Tokyo

  • Big thanks to harpist Caitlin Thom for performing with me in this recording for a fall recital on 18 October 2016.

 
 

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