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Toshio Hosokawa: Birds Fragments, etc / Alter Ego

Album Summary

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Atem-Lied, for bass flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Memory - In Memory of Isang Yun, for piano trio
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Vertical Time Study I, for clarinet, cello & piano
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Birds Fragments III, for shô (opp. accordeon) and flute/bass flute
>Hosokawa, Toshio : Duo for violin & cello
>Hosokawa, Toshio : "Haiku" for Pierre Boulez, to his 75th Birthday, for piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955) is one of today's foremost living Japanese composers. Of his own work he has written: "My music is deeply influenced by Japanese Noh music; I am attempting to turn the vertical arrangement of time in Noh into my own sort of music...the tension of the moment when horizontal time meets vertical time creates visible cracks in time, visible gaps in space. My aim is to elicit the polyphony and complexity of these momentary sounds and to plumb their depths. Individual sounds are shaped like the brush strokes in oriental calligraphy. These brush strokes are drawn with consideration given to the blank space behind them. In the same vein, I have written this music with the space in which it will resound (the blank spaces of calligraphy) in mind."



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Works Details

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Atem-Lied, for bass flute
  • Performer: Manuel Zurria (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Memory - In Memory of Isang Yun, for piano trio
  • Performers: Oscar Pizzo (Piano); Francesco Dillon (Cello); Francesco Petrini (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Alter Ego Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Vertical Time Study I, for clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Oscar Pizzo (Piano); Francesco Dillon (Cello); Paolo Ravaglia (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Alter Ego Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Birds Fragments III, for shô (opp. accordeon) and flute/bass flute
  • Performers: Manuel Zurria (Flute); Claudio Jacomucci (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Hosokawa, Toshio : Duo for violin & cello
  • Performers: Francesco Dillon (Cello); Francesco Petrini (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Hosokawa, Toshio : "Haiku" for Pierre Boulez, to his 75th Birthday, for piano
  • Performer: Oscar Pizzo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000-2003