luna-cy Kerry Andrew

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Text/libretto by
Fujiwara Sanesada (trans. Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite)
Duration
5 mins
Composed
2001
Published
2016
Categories

Voice, unaccompanied Vocal Trio

Instrumentation
1 Soprano, 1 Mezzo Soprano, 1 Alto

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Programme note

A cuckoo called:

I looked towards the sound,

but only the moon 

of the dawn 

was there.

Fujiwara Sanesada. Translation by Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite from ‘The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse’ (Penguin Books 1964, Revised edition 1998, 2009). Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd.

I had an animalistic expression of madness in mind for this piece. The Japanese tanka above seemed to encapsulate the idea of madness associated with the moon ('lunar'= 'lunacy') and with cuckoos.

Premiere
Juice Vocal Ensemble, 'the witching hour' at York Spring Festival, University of York, 3rd May 2004
Performances
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