Takemitsu, T :: Air

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  • Composer
    Takemitsu, T
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Schott Japan [SJ1096]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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Air
Takemitsu, T

Premiered in Japan on January 28th, 1996 by flutist, Hiroshi Koizumi, Air [for solo flute by Toru Takemitsu] was written in honor of French flutist Aurele Nicolet on his seventieth birthday. Many elements of nature are infused into the musical language of Air . One such element is the Japanese concept of Ma or space/silence. This musical element can be seen and heard as perceptual silence or stillness with great intensity. Often you will hear this effect carrying as much purpose and intent as the notes that surround the silence. Another natural element present in the musical tapestry of Air is use of pitch variation. Often Takemitsu uses extended techniques such as flutter-tongue and quarter-tone trills to destabilize a fundamental pitch. Just as wind alters the position of leaves, soil, [and] flowers, the player s exhalation of breath alters the pitch center created on the flute.

- Erika Boysen, 2015

  • Composer
    Takemitsu, T
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Schott Japan [SJ1096]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined

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