Koto, Bass koto

Title Koto, Bass koto
Year 2016
Composer Hyo-shin Na
Instrument/s koto, 17-string koto
Commission Written for Shoko Hikage, Yuki Yasuda
First Performance (date, performers, venue) February 12, 2017, Old First Concerts, Yuki Yasuda and Shoko Hikage, San Francisco, California
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Because of the way the instrument is played – a rather percussive plucking of the strings with artificial nails – the koto is not usually thought of as a lyrical instrument. However, it was precisely this lyrical, song-like quality that I became interested in while writing Koto, Bass Koto.

This piece was composed with the generous support of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.