Toshio Hosokawa (1955)
Blossoming II (2011)
- General information
- Duration: 15 mn
- Publisher: Schott
- Commission: Edinburgh International Festival
- Composition date: 2011
- Instrumental ensemble music [Double wind orchestra]
- 2 flutes (also 1 piccolo, 1 alto flute), 2 oboes (also 1 English horn), 2 clarinets (also 1 bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (also 1 contrabassoon), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussionist, strings
21 August 2011
Royaume-Uni, Écosse, Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Festival
le Scottish Chamber Orchestra, direction : Robin Ticciati.
Over the last few years I have composed on the theme of ’flowers’. My grandfather was a master of Ikebana (the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement); Zeami, the original practioner of the traditional Japanese theatre form Nō, considered the best performer a ’flower’. The deep roots of flowers in Japanese aesthetics and spirituality led me to them as the subject of this work. The flower I’m imagining in this work is a lotus, which is the symbolic flower of Buddhism. The flower and I are one; the blossoming of the flower represents my shedding of my skin, my self-discovery.