Hiten-Seidō II (1983)

Basic Information
Japanese 飛天生動 II
German Hiten-Seidō II
Opus 055
Year 1983
Category Chamber
Duration 14 min.
Instruments mba
Score information
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About this Work

«The title Hiten-Seidō is a composite of two independent concepts: first the word hiten (the hovering of celestial forms), epitomized by the portrayals found in the fresco paintings of the famous Dunhuang caves in China, and second the word seidō (ki-in-seidō), one of the six principles of the art of painting which Hsieh Ho established in his treatise on classical Chinese painting, perhaps most accurately rendered as elegance of vividness.

«The portrayal of these heavenly forms, particularly in its dark, richly contrasting manner of execution, does full justice to this principle. Concentrated observation of these frescoes will give rise to the impression that the figures are moving and that the entire space is filled with life.

«The marimba is an instrument especially suited to reflecting this atmosphere, since on the one hand, it can express the lively elegance of the hovering, heavenly forms, and on the other, it possesses tonal qualities which most nearly correspond to the dark powerful colors in which the fresco paintings of the Dunhuang caves are executed.»

Maki Ishii