Lizard (2010-11)

for clarinet in B flat, viola and koto
Duration: 7′
Premiere: OKEANOS, 21 January 2011, Huddersfield, UK

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Program Note (Eng):

tokage【戸陰】shade of gate

door; gate;
shade; yin; negative; sex organs; shadow

Lizard is a series of four works about silence. One of the possible ways of writing the term for lizard (tokage) in Japanese consists of the kanji characters for gate and for shade, which metaphorically represent something being kept secret, but somehow concrete. This ‘shade of the gate’ or, in my terms ‘shaded emotion’ or ‘choking inarticulacy’ alternately coloured by an audible/inaudible form was something central to this composition’s conception.