Tsuru no sugomori – Renpoken

“Tsuru no sugomori 鶴の巣籠 (= the nesting crane) is the name of more than 10 different traditional compositions from Japan for shakuhachi. The composition in this book is specified as “Renpoken” because it comes from the Renpo (or Renbo) temple (northwest Japan, Fukushima region). The routes of this piece go back to the 17th century and it is considered to be a combination of existing pieces. It belongs to the most renown traditional pieces for shakuhachi and it is remarkable because of its extreme difficulty and great length and scale. It is a program music piece which describes the nesting of cranes and each part attempts to render a different part of a crane’s life…” From the prologue. More info in the website of the International Shakuhachi Society.

This work is an arrangement in open instrumentation, available for instruments in Bb, in C as well as for bass clef instruments. On the one hand it offers to musicians an intuitive score through which they are challenged to create new paths in their musical interpretation, on the other hand it can assist musicologists in their approach to the analysis of japanese traditional music through a detailed western notation.

Limited edition of 99 hand-numbered copies, printed in A5 premium quality recycled silk paper 115gr.

Published in October 2019 by Incounterpoint. All rights reserved © 2019

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