Three Japanese Miniatures

Hesketh, Kenneth (2016) Three Japanese Miniatures. [Composition]

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Abstract

For solo piano. Duration: 12 minutes. "Essentially bravura character pieces for piano, Three Japanese Miniatures are fragments and paraphrases on material from a work for chamber orchestra. This piece, 'Detail from the Record', is itself a distillation of musical episodes taken from a larger work in progress, 'The Record of Ancient Matters' (Ko - Ji - Ki), a puppet ballet based on Japanese folk tales. Each miniature is titled as followed: / i) Temple Music / An elaboration of transformation music which heralds a wanderer's finding of a ruined temple at night. Miraculously the temple regains its splendour and is found to be populated by various deities as well as many wondrous things. / ii) The Cradle rocks... / An episode from the tale 'The Cold Lady'; a winter sprite wishes to revenge a broken promise by taking the lives of a man and his children. However, she decides to choose her own demise rather than take innocent life. / iii) Little Bumbuku / A humorous extract from a tale about an earth daemon who takes the form of a badger and lives in a tea-kettle! He puts on a grand public show to earn money for his kindly but poor master. After a period of great companionship Bumbuku's time in his present form must end and gradually the once animate tea-kettle falls still. / Three Japanese Miniatures is dedicated with affection to Oliver Knussen on his 50th birthday."

Item Type: Composition
Additional Information: Premiered on the 3rd of August, 2015, by Clare Hammond at the Contemporary Music for All (CoMa) festival, Yorkshire.
Uncontrolled Keywords: contemporary, classical, composition
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > Music
Division: Composition
Depositing User: Andrew Chen
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:48
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/196

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