Japanese Pictures

for clarinet/bass clarinet, viola and piano

Brian Inglis

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for clarinet/bass clarinet, viola and piano

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Composer Brian Inglis
Year of Composition 1994
Duration ca.18'
ISMN 9790570682812


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Catalogue ID ce-bi1jp2


I Tanka
II Scherzo
III Passacaglia

Japanese Pictures is inspired by aspects of Japanese arts and culture, mainly music and poetry (the title is intended somewhat in the sense of Schuman’s Bilder aus Osten rather than evocation of visual images) – especially gagaku court music and haiku poetry, with its precursors tanka (also known as waka) and its extended form, renga . Each movement is inspired by three separate elements: a Japanese poetic or musical form; a Western correspondence; and a season of the year.

First performed by Alessandro Bondonno (clarinet), Deborah Kemp (viola) and Ciaran Conroy (piano) at St Mary-le-Strand, London, 9 May 1997.