Misato Mochizuki (*1969) Musubi
[orch] 2011 duration: 15'
2(picc).3.3.3(dble bsn). 220.127.116.11. perc(4) - str: 18.104.22.168.
World première: Tokyo, January 13, 2011
Could you write a kind of “kotoghi-no-uta” (a Japanese celebratory song) for the 100th anniversary of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra? This was the request I received from Kazushi Ono, who was due to conduct this concert.
In this work I tried to reflect the sense of the word “kotohogi”, as well as the celebratory images in the flyer such as cranes, “otafuku” and other characters dancing with animals, and also the history of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which has developed over the years into a large orchestra through various forces coming together.
As the three premiere performances took place early in the New Year, the music opens with the wind instruments playing “Sojo no choshi”, which traditionally denotes “spring, budding leaves” and is the brightest of the Gagaku modes. While this is repeated, the string sound, derived from this, develops through a different system and leads in the second half into the “kotobuki-jishi” (Japanese lion dance) and the samba, which has become a part of Tokyo’s Matsuri music. (When I was a student, we used to perform the samba at the university festival while marching through the streets of Ueno carrying “omikoshi”, the portable shrines.)
The concept of the work is to generate several layers of celebratory music, which are then connected in the same space, creating new energy – indeed, I think that is what has been happening to the culture of Tokyo and Japan, where disparate elements coexist in unique harmony.
(Misato Mochizuki, 2019)