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a piano trio written in the immediate aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011

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  • snow meditationfor violin, violoncello, piano

    daryl jamieson

    koutouin, kyoto17 march 2011

  • written for Musiques Nouvelles to perform at the Pharos Arts Foundations 3rd International Contemporary Music Festival, 14 September 2011, Nicosia, Cyprus

    snow meditationfor violin, violoncello, piano

    Duration: 5

    Programme Note:

    On 15 March 2011, with strong aftershocks of the massive 11 March earthquake coming several times a day and smoke pouring from the Fukushima no. 1 nuclear plant, my partner and I made the decision to leave Tokyo and head to Kyoto to assess the situation from a safe, but not too distant, refuge.

    On 17 March, we went to Daitokuji, a large Zen Buddhist temple complex in the northern part of Kyoto. We sat on the floor of Koutouin temple, looking out into the garden, as the sunlight streamed over the moss and bamboo, and, from another direction, snowflakes gently fell. We sat for a time, thinking. On the way out, I pondered the famous poem which is displayed in every Zen temple:

    Great is the matter of birth and deathLife slips quickly byTo waste time is a great shameTime waits for no one

    I wrote this piece in one sitting that evening. Three days later, we returned to Tokyo.

    Performance notes:

    Inflected accidentals (with arrows) indicate an inflection of between 10-30 cents above or below the well-tempered tone. The exact amount is up to the performers discretion.

    Notes with a slash through them are to be played with high bow pressure, and more noise than pitch, though not without pitch.

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