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Vivier, Claude: Zipangu (1980) 16'
for 13 strings

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strings(7.0.3.2.1 players).

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World Premiere

04/04/1981
Walter Hall - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
New Music Concerts / Robert Aitken

Composer's Notes

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“Zipangu” was the name given to Japan at the time of Marco Polo. Within the frame of a single melody I explore in this work different aspects of color. I tried to “blur” my harmonic structure through different bowing techniques. A colorful sound is obtained by applying exaggerated bow pressure on the strings as opposed to pure harmonics when returning to normal technique. A melody becomes a color (chords), grows lighter and slowly returns as though purified and solitary.

— Claude Vivier

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Schönberg Ensemble / ASKO Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw / Susan Narucki
Philips 454 231-2
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