Song of Doves


Title Song of Doves 鳩の歌
Year 2005
Composer Takashi Koto
Instrument/s koto
Commission Written for: Portsmouth Treaty Centennial Concert “Japan Day”
First Performance (date, performers, venue) August 7, 2005, Ryuko Mizutani, Portsmouth Treaty Centennial Concert “Japan Day, South Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Notes Song of Doves (鳩の歌) was written to celebrate the centennial of the Peace Treaty of Portsmouth in 2005. The koto has movable bridges and can be tuned in a variety of ways from modern “atonal” to traditional pentatonic. I have chosen the latter, a little altered from the tradition begun one hundred years ago by Michio Miyagi. Because of the title, this work may sound like a program music with dove’s coos but it is rather mechanical and structural as usual as my composition style which I call “contour composition.” The music language is plain but the body of the piece is elastic, like an accordion, ever changing the tempo and density. [Koto]