Cloud Study

Title Cloud Study
Year 2017
Composer Hyo-shin Na
Instrument/s 17-string koto, haeguem
Commission Commissined by Zellerbach Family Foundation
Duration 8’05”
First Performance (date, performers, venue) February 8, 2020, Seung-Hee Lee and Shoko Hikage, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford, California
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CD, Digital Audio Cloud Study II for 17-string koto and violin (2007); February 9, 2018, Hyunjung Choi and Shoko Hikage, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford, California
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Notes “Cloud Study II” and “Cloud Study III” were inspired by Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Clouds”. [Na] Clouds by Wislawa Szymborska I’d have to be really quick to describe clouds -a split second’s enough for them to start being something else.Their trademark: they don’t repeat a single shape, shade, pose, arrangement. Unburdened by memory of any kind, they float easily over the facts.What on earth could they bear witness to? They scatter whenever something happens. Compared to clouds, life rests on solid ground, practically permanent, almost eternal. Next to cloudseven a stone seems like a brother, someone you can trust, while they’re just distant, flighty cousins. Let people exist if they want,and then die, one after another: clouds simply don’t carewhat they’re up todown there. And so their haughty fleetcruises smoothly over your whole lifeand mine, still incomplete.They aren’t obliged to vanish when we’re gone.They don’t have to be seen while sailing on. Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh