Three Zithers and a Pair of Scissors

Title Three Zithers and a Pair of Scissors
Year 1997
Composer Stefan Hakenberg
Instrument/s koto, gayageum, janggu, guzheng
Commission Asia Center, Harvard University
First Performance (date, performers, venue) 1998, IIIZ+, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Notes My montage “Three Zithers and a Pair of Scissors” was commissioned for the inaugural celebration of a new Asia Center at Harvard University. This new center is planned to provide a new institutional frame for intercultural studies on Asian topics. Instead of scholars interacting in the new institute, in my piece musical material originating from China, Japan, and Korea is composed to interact. It is an ad hoc serenade playing with the cultural roots of the performers and listeners [Hakenberg].