Misato Mochizuki (*1969) Ordo ab chao
[perc,orch] 2019 Duration: 21'
solo: perc - 2(A-fl).2.2(B-clar).2(dble bsn). - 126.96.36.199. - perc(4) - hp - pno - str: 188.8.131.52.6.
World première: Tokyo, Suntory Hall, November 28, 2019
Commissioned by Suntory Hall Tokyo
For some years, I have been interested in the violence concealed in human beings.
Why does war never cease despite countless tragedies?
Violence is bad, yet it never stops.
This is probably because the desire to dominate, which is at the root of violence, is a biological instinct necessary to survive and reproduce.
Even a few-month-old baby will pick a bigger piece of food. Many boys like play-fighting even though they are not taught, and most games and sports are based on battles.
The desire to dominate, bullying, bashing, tailgating, discrimination, all kinds of harassment, putting someone down, authoritarianism, vanity, schadenfreude…all these are human nature based on the instinctive desire to survive. Humans know that violence is evil, yet they secretly find pleasure in it.
I feel a similar element in the sound of percussion.
On one hand, actions such as hitting and scratching with hands or tools, which could be taken as violence, can create rhythms that make people wild with excitement; yet on the other hand, when rhythms and intonations are combined rationally, it can become a language that can lead to various highly intellectual ideas.
I’ve heard that from birth, the human brain has a circuit that responds to rhythms.
Reasons and instinct.
Individual and group (orchestra).
Order (Ordo) and chaos (Chao).
According to brain research, it is human instinct to try to dominate by surmounting the differences in various relative elements, but it is also instinct to try to bridge these differences.
Such coexistence of animal instinct and reason overlaps perfectly with the characteristics of percussion instruments and the percussion player Isao san.
It was my wish to ask Isao san to perform in tonight’s concert, which I’m sharing with Mr. Toshio Hosokawa, as a “symbol of Musubi (connection)”. Almost thirty years ago, I met Isao san for the first time at the Akiyoshidai International Composition Seminar and Festival which Mr. Hosokawa had just founded.
I am hugely looking forward to how Isao san, whom I trust completely, will perform my musical realization of the theme of brain functions and violence, which has interested me for many years.
(Misato Mochizuki, 2019)