Elizabeth Falconer | Isshin - Emerging: Music for Japanese Koto

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Isshin - Emerging: Music for Japanese Koto

by Elizabeth Falconer

Lyrical works by for the Japanese harp-like instrument, the koto, performed by one of America's few koto masters with "a feather-like touch."
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1. Higure (Sunset)
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2. Gaku (Joy) I - Perpetual Motion
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1:39 album only
3. Gaku (Joy) II - Variation
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4:35 album only
4. Gaku (Joy) III - Rondo
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5. Rangyoku (Indigo Jewel)
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6. Moegi (Pale Green)Pale Green
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7. Akanegumo (Crimson Clouds)
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8. Ruri (Azure)
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9. Kohaku (Amber)
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10. LIttle Overture
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11. Lullaby for My Doll
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12. Letter from a Stranger's Childhood
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13. Ai no Uta (Song of Love)
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14. Jipushi no Uta (Song of the Gypsy)
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15. Mizu (Water)
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16. Yume (Dreams)
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17. Hana (Flowers)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD features works by much-loved contemporary Japanese composers Sawai Tadao, Miki Minoru, Nagasawa Katsutoshi, and Yuize Shin'ichi. It also includes a work written for bass koto by Robin Williamson, and a work by Elizabeth Falconer. "I simply selected my all-time favorite pieces," says Falconer, who began playing koto in 1979 and studied under Sawai during her 12 years in Japan. "These pieces speak to me - they are very melodic and artful, with a sense of tradition about them that reaches out to us through the ages." This is a re-release of the 1997 Music and Arts recording.


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A Japanese Music Lover...

Wonderful Contemporary Koto
These works are some of the best for koto - varied, but nothing jarring. Good for all-purpose listening. For people who love strings, this is a must-have.