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Emanation of stones : reconciliation symphony a composition and analysis

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Title:Emanation of stones : reconciliation symphony a composition and analysis
Authors:Sato, Yoko
intercultural music
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Date Issued:May 2014
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2014]
Abstract:Emanation of Stones: Reconciliation Symphony is scored for a Western orchestra with vocal soloists and chorus, as well as Japanese instruments such as the shakuhachi and stone sanukite, along with actual stones.
The concept expressed throughout the piece is one Christian perspective of reconciliation, which is regarded as one of the most fundamental visions in Christianity, emphasizing God, not human, as the agent of reconciliation. This theme is presented in two ways--by song text and stones. Comprised of two movements, the song text of the first movement was written by Rev. Yuko Uetake, pastor at Iwaki Christian church in Fukushima; the second movement by Chris Rice, director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. My personal reaction to the physical and psychological brokenness emerging from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami was then connected to biblical stone imagery, which led me to use stones as a rhythmic instrument in both movements. The stones can be brought from areas that desperately seek reconciliation in order to reinforce the significance of place both visually and aurally.
For Japanese composers during the early twentieth century, the idea of incorporating Japanese musical resources into Western media was both a means for searching for a national identity as well as the rediscovery of Japanese musical culture during a period of enthusiastic fascination for Western music. However, along with Western music declining as the dominant aesthetic during the latter half of the century, the integration of Japanese musical resources has now become just one compositional approach alongside various other compositional methods. For Japanese composers, one of the crucial issues is how to determine the distinct meaning of his or her intercultural work.
In this regard, Emanation of Stones: Reconciliation Symphony further explores the possibilities of intercultural composition. By making the most of a richer musical vocabulary along with the presence of a chorus, the symphony speaks to the story of reconciliation and its reality, and musically attempts to approach the fundamental vision of Christianity.
Description:Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014.
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Appears in Collections: Ph.D. - Music

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