Water Music

Title Water Music
Composer Martin Schreiner
Instrument/s koto, shakuhachi
Commission Written for: Afternoon of Shakuhachi and Koto Music concerts #8
Duration 13’30”
First Performance (date, performers, venue) November 19, 2006, Afternoon of Shakuhachi and Koto Music Concerts #9, Ryuko Mizutani and Marco Lienhard, Yawkey Function Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
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Notes “Water Music” is a celebration of nature. Through the use of suggestive rhythms, melodic gestures and instrumental sonorities, each movement depicts an image relating to the motion of water. The entire five movement suite is framed with a brief prelude, which is interrupted by the first movement, and a postlude which is the conclusion of the prelude. The rhythmically freer music of the prelude actually continues through the five movement suite. It continues as a series of ongoing interludes between the first and second movements and in a pause midway through the final movement. Finally, it ends as a postlude to the final movement. Always a shakuhachi solo, this music is like a second parallel music unfolding among the movements of the Water Music suite itself. The movements of the suite are: Introduction (prelude); I. Harbor Boats, Waves Lapping; Interlude I (prelude continuing); II. Quiet Pond, Gentle Rain; III. A Rushing Stream Dancing Over Stones; IV. Over the Waterfall, Into the Sky; V. Sunset Reflections on the Harbor part I, Interlude II (prelude continuing), Sunset Reflections on the Harbor part II, postlude (prelude conclusion). [Martin Schreiner]