Dirge and Computation

Title Dirge and Computation
Year 2011
Composer Stefan Hakenberg
Instrument/s koto, shakuhachi
First Performance (date, performers, venue) October 30, 2011, Marco Lienhard, Yuki Yasuda, Afternoon of Shakuhachi and Koto Music #13, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Contact Info https://stefanhakenberg.com/prf/prf.html
Notes Dirge and Computation is born out of my passion to link diverse musical mindsets – one mindset consists of an improvised flow of musical expression and the other is its numeric analysis. Recurring sections characterized by a mournful, wailing expression of the shakuhachi alternate with active and upbeat motives in the koto constructed out of this lament. This exchange, in particular the music of the koto part, is formed of an analytical search for the essence of the dirge but suggests a forward motion [Hakenberg].