So far there exist whims for violin, viola, harp, flute, percussion and oboe. Tuba will be next.
The pieces are all called the same, they all last 4 minutes and they are all very rhythmic, fast, virtuoso and rather difficult to play.
All use extended techniques.
In a concert situation I can place them like modules; they always fit.
The short musical statement very much appeals to me. It allows me to
care less about the overall form and concentrate more on short and clearly defined dense gestures.
Since there is no time for gradual approaches, there can be only little development; most changes are abrupt and unexpected.
Not having time to linger, one has to come to the point immediately and then move right on to the next one.
Little things must be intense in order to be noticed; I like that." M.R.
KUWABARA Yu Ohyarai Variations (2009)* 6’
In the normal classical scores the effects usually are written as the tones but “Sho-ga” has only methods. Tones which we have to play are unclear. In “Sho-ga” each of the letters has different fingerings. I’m very interested in the connections with the letters like incantations and what the tones are came out through the languages or the letters. So I collected many images of each letter and these are bases of this piece. Y.K.