Mado Kara Mieru (reduced orchestration)


by Christopher Tin

orchestra, soloists and choir
Chorus with Orchestra/Large Ensemble
Haiku by Hattori Ransetsu, Yamaguchi Sodo, Kaga no Chiyo and Masaoka Shiki
2(II=picc).2.2.2 - 4331 - timp - perc(5): sus.sym(2)/tam-t/belltree/chimes/rattle/wdbl/taiko/chappa/atarigane/shkr/caxixi/mtree - pno - harp - strings
First Performance
FP: 09/01/2011 Waterford Union High School (Wisconsin, USA): Waterford Union Chorus and Orchestra, Derek Machan

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Programme Notes

Within every traditional Japanese haiku is a 'kigo'--a word associating the poem with a particular season. Madokara Mieru is an adaptation of five such haiku in rondo form; corresponding to spring, summer, autumn, winter and the return of spring. Each refrain is sung by a vocalist in a different stage of life--a child for spring, a young woman for summer, a middle-aged man for autumn, and an elderly man for winter. Following an extended instrumental 'transfiguration,' the return of the child's voice at the end signifies the return of spring, thus completing the cycle of life, death and rebirth as reflected through the changing of the seasons.

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