Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
3 minutes
Modern classical music
Large mixed ensemble
Instrumental parts
Not available
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The a-tonal implications of serialism are well suited to the portrayal of this mysterious ancient religion. The combination of synthesized timbres with the breathy Shakuhachi, the nasal Hichiriki and the distinctive Koto give the work an eerie quality. The manipulation of the tone row is displayed throughout the score and includes the use of inversion, retrograde, retrograde inversions in the original and also two other forms of transposition. The composer has also modified the segmentation techniques of Berg in order to create a series of ostinato effects.

Western instrumental alternatives are given in the score to make this work readily performable, however only ensembles of a professional quality are likely to gain acceptable results.

Please play the attached mp3 file to hear the correct sounds as some of the synthesized timbres are quite exotic!

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