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World Premiere of Kenji Sakai's Detune

Sep. 01, 2019

World Premiere of Kenji Sakai's <em>Detune</em>

Kenji Sakai’s Detune for wind orchestra receives its world premiere from the Nagoya Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, led by Takeshi Ooi, on September 21 at the NTK Hall Forest Hall in Nagoya. The work will be performed again on October 5 by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, also led by Takeshi Ooi, at the ensemble’s 145th subscription concert at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. The composer notes:

"This work may be performed by any wind orchestra, whether they be professional or amateur.  The musical elements can be understood fairly easily, yet on the other hand and seemingly contradicting, the elements are substantial, not shallow.

Played on the underlying marching rhythm of wind music, motifs are taken from Debussy’s La Mer second movement “Jeux de vagues” as well as Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben second movement “Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s Adversaries).”  These motifs many classical music lovers would recognize appear in completely different situations or contexts, creating moments of “defamiliarization.”  Harmonically, chromatic deformation is apparent, and orchestration fade in and out.  Thus I titled this work “Detune.” 

Listen to Kenji Sakai’s Violin Concerto "On the G String" (2012/2015):

(Violin Concerto "On the G String"/Kenji Sakai/National Orchestra of Belgium/
Artiom Shishkov, violin/Gilbert Varga, conductor)

To learn more about Kenji Sakai, visit: 

Kenji Sakai
Detune (2019) in Eb.3.acl.bcl.1.2asax(1.ssax).tsax.bsax-3.4.2.btbn.euph.1-timp-5perc