Four Pictures from Japan for solo cello

Jack Van Zandt

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Four Pictures from Japan for solo cello

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Composer Jack Van Zandt

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ca. 12'


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Catalogue ID ce-jvz1u1


1. carp leap in a waterfall
2. a sleeping tiger dreams in the light of the moon
3. butterflies ride the summer breeze
4. a bird soars over distant mountains

Duration: 12 minutes (1. 3:00; 2. 5:30; 3. 2:15; 4. 4:00)

For many years I have been interested in the great Japanese woodblock prints and paintings from the 17th-19th centuries in the very popular style known as Ukiyo-e. The works by masters such as Hokusai and Hiroshige are very poetic and I have chosen four of these that suggested music to me.