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Concerto for Nohkan and Orchestra.

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Title:Concerto for Nohkan and Orchestra.
Authors:Seymour, John T.
Contributors:Music (department)
Keywords:Nohkan
Japanese Instruments
Concerto
Composition
Date Issued:Dec 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The original musical score of the Concerto for Nohkan and Orchestra, a seventeenminute
concerto for a soloist of the Japanese nohkan flute with a Western symphonic orchestra,
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genres, noh and kabuki, the instrument is not often used in the genre known as gendai hougaku
(new compositions for traditional Japanese instruments), and this is the first known concerto for
nohkan with Western orchestra. The accompanying essay introduces the nohkan, and goes on to
detail how the composer dealt with various notational and compositional challenges the nohkan
presents. Foremost, the nohkan is an instrument of uncertain tuning, the exact pitches of which
will vary greatly from one instrument to another. This causes notational problems when notating
for the instrument on a Western staff, as well as compositional challenges when combining the
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challenges are explained and contrasted with solutions employed by other composers who have
written for the instrument in a contemporary context. In dealing with these challenges, a variety
of techniques were employed, some based on the works of 20th century composers who
experimented with unmetered material for large ensemble, chiefly Alan Hovhaness and Iannis
Xenakis. Finally, as the nohkan plays a mainly rhythmic role in its traditional genres, this work
is also in large part rhythmically conceived, and so comparisons are made to other works that are
based around the rhythmic relationships of orchestra and soloist.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62573
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