Jet-Black and Silver

Title Jet-Black and Silver
Year 2006
Composer Stefan Hakenberg
Instrument/s koto, shakuhachi (or other flutes)
Commission Commissioned by Takashi Koto
First Performance (date, performers, venue) 2006, Evening of Shakuhachi and Koto Music #9, Marco Lienhard (shakuhachi), Ryuko Mizutani, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Contact for Sheets the composer
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Notes I started by consulting players, listening to recordings, and beginning to read a book that explained the construction and history of the shakuhachi and how to play it. At a point in the book, the method turned from explanation to “Practicing with the Classics.” The student was encouraged to begin studying a real piece of the classic shakuhachi repertoire and keep on learning that way. I decided to do so myself, but in a composer’s way. I took hints about the first piece of study in the book and made them the foundation of my composition. It was said to have a well-known poem as its foundation: “Kurokami.” That made it easy for me. I found an English translation of the text and let myself be inspired by its words and poetry, which depicted the relation between a young girl and her fickle and aging lover. [Hakenberg, 2006]