Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Charles Neidich / Ayako Oshima, clarinet /
Hiyoku was written for the clarinetists Ayako and Charlie Neidich, whose performances were so outstanding that I chose to write this piece in the fall of 2001 for them. I asked Ayako to suggest a title and she explained it: "an old poetic word (for Haiku) meaning two wings, with the connotation of two birds flying together in the wind. It also has the connotation of two people traveling through life together."
-- Elliott Carter
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