Night Procession of the HundredᅠDemons

Title Night Procession of the HundredᅠDemons
Year 2008
Composer Hyo-shin Na
Instrument/s 3 17-string kotos or any multiple of 3 bass kotos
Commission Dedicated to Shoko Hikage grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Duration 11’59”
First Performance (date, performers, venue) September 21, 2008, Old First Concerts, Shoko Hikage, Ryuko Mizutani, Michie Kobayashi, Noriko Tsuboi, Kanoko Nishi and Tomoko Kaneda
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Notes In February of 2008, at the AsianArt Museum of San Francisco, I saw an 18th century scroll called “Night Procession of the Hundred Demons (Hyakki yako)” by the Japanese painter Toriyama Sekien. I was struck by the wildness of this highly imaginative work and was reminded of some lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: Come, seeling night, Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day,And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale! Light thickens, and the crow Makes wing to th’rooky wood.Good things of day begin to droop and drowse, While night’s black agents to their preys do rouse. Thou marvell’st at my words. But hold thee still. Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.The scroll, Shakespeare’s words, and Shoko Hikage’s koto playing became the source of my imagining this piece.  “Night Procession of the Hundred Demons” is dedicated to Shoko Hikage and was made possible by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.