World Premiere of Noriko Koide's Hakata Rhapsody in Fukuoka, Japan
Jul. 15, 2020
Noriko Koide’s Hakata Rhapsody will be premiered by the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan on July 17 in a performance conducted by Masato Suzuki at the orchestra’s 387th subscription concert.
Hakata Rhapsody was the first piece from a Japanese composer to be commissioned by the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. Noriko Koide noted that this piece was inspired by “Hakata Dontaku” and “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”, two of the most famous festivals in Hakata, Kyushu. The melodies and rhythms of “Bonchi Kawaiya” and “Iwai Medeta”, which are sung during these festivals, are used as motives in the piece.
This year, both festivals were unfortunately cancelled in response to the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. However, we can hear the lively sound of two great festivals in Hakata city at the concert hall where the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra will hold its “restart” concert.
Listen to Noriko Koide's Hika Runners High+ (2013):
(Hika Runners High+/Noriko Koide/Music from Japan 2018/Yasuaki Itakura: Conductor)
To learn more about Noriko Koide, visit: schott-music.com.
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