3 and piano

3 and piano
(2003)
By Hyo-shin Na
 


A few friends and I came up with the idea of doing a concert to celebrate Yuji Takahashi's 65th birthday. Each one of us decided to play a solo piece he's written, and I realized that, as the only person without performing skills sufficient to play his music, I'd been left out. So, I decided to write a piece instead and, for this piece, no matter how many instruments are playing unison or quasi unison-like music, there's always one that plays unrelated material (as if left out). The structure of blossoms of the Japanese Anemone influenced one section: 3 small flowers on 3 short stems and 1 identical looking large flower on a longer stem. While the shakuhachi plays traditionally notated rhythms, the other 3 instruments play spacially notated music consisting of a succession of 3 individual notes followed by 1 note in unison. The shakuhachi player (the one left out here), playing unrelated material, influences the speed and character of the music played by the other musicians, without intending to or making any effort in that direction. The piece is dedicated to Mr. Takahashi.