Ballade for 13-string koto


Title Ballade for 13-string koto
Year 2011
Composer Martin Schreiner
Instrument/s koto
Duration 5’45”
First Performance (date, performers, venue) Premiered by Yuki Yasuda at “Soundings on Ancient Strings” concert in Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory of Music on October 27, 2011
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Notes Ballade for 13-string koto
Ballade presents an ABA shape with a coda and a predominant 5/4 meter. I had in mind the piano Ballades of Brahms and Chopin when I composed this work. I took advantage of the pitch bending techniques of the koto. At particular moments I brought out the more percussive nature of the koto’s own technical possibilities. [Martin Schreiner]