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Nocturne for Koto and Shakuhachi

This is a piece of genre Modern. This piece was composed for Shakuhachi by the person Seki Ichiro. This piece was composed for Koto by the person Seki Ichiro.

Nocturne for Koto and Shakuhachi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Sounds from Japan Yokoyama Katsuya

    For me, the tone of the Koto is much like the pulse of life, and that of the Shakuhachi like the wind. In composing this music, I tried to present these two instruments not only as vehicles of melody and rhythm, but also as something to depict nature, while expressing our inner life through their sounds' dynamics and shade. Though employing the traditional Japanese mode, insempo (as compared to the Phrygian mode), I attempted to make some alterations to give it a more modern feeling. First performed with Koto and Shakuhachi played by Chieko Mori and myself in July 1985, the piece has since undergone some revision. (lchiro Seki)


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018