Some Empty Thoughts of a Person from Edoharpsichord solo
|Premiere||Takae Ohnishi, March 3, 2001, Osaka, Japan|
Some Empty Thoughts of a Person from Edo reflects a person gone astray in fancy, absorbed in beauty, perpetuated in sorrow. It alludes to the repertoire of plucked instruments in Japanese and Korean musical traditions, especially the music of koto and kayagum. It is a transcription of my improvisation recorded on February 15th, 2001. Improvisation was a method of composition during my childhood; however, during my undergraduate and graduate studies, I abandoned this method in favor of more rational procedures. Empty Thoughts became a way to reclaim some parts of my past experience in improvisation.