Départ dans...

for five players (2010/13)


Oboe (doubles with English Horn), Viola, Violoncello, Two Harps
Commissioned by:
Takefu International Music Festival

Rental (Study Score currently under preparation)


Winner, Gaudeamus Prize 2011

I consider Départ dans… as an inquiry into how one can look at textiles; as a global, woven fabric, filled with changes of patterns, or as a collection of microscopic threads, complementing one another to create new colors. Thus the word textile evokes one of my key concerns in composing – the control of structure in various levels, from the note-to-note level to the overall form of the piece.The piece undergoes two main regions of opposing character on the surface level. I feel the word “region” is appropriate, as it does not necessarily force listeners to put themselves on a certain path of listening. As one can see textiles either globally or microscopically, listeners can also decide what element(s) of the piece to focus on, thereby discovering their own paths within the regions. Or the regions themselves become the paths.

Départ dans… was commissioned by the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan in 2010, and premiered in September of that year at the festival. I would like to thank Toshio Hosokawa, who had originally suggested and encouraged me to write a piece for the festival.


Performance History

Students of Toho Gakuen School of Music
Yoshiaki Onishi, cond.
Chofu Campus, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo
Toho Gakuen School of Music Faculty Development Concert

01/16/2014 WP of the revised/definitive version
Nieuw Ensemble
Yoshiaki Onishi, cond.
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
An Evening of Today 2014

Wet Ink Ensemble
Yoshiaki Onishi, cond.
Issue Project Room, New York
Gaudeamus/New York Festival

Nieuw Ensemble
Bas Wiegers, cond.
Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Gaudeamus Muziekweek

09/11/2010 WP
Farfelle Harp Duo, Next Mushroom Promotion
Seitaro Ishikawa, cond.
Echizen-Shi Cultural Center (Fukui, Japan)
Takefu International Music Festival

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