Four Stories High (baroque lute)

for baroque lute

I. INITIATION

II. TOY FOR LUKA

III. PUZZLE PIECE

IV. FAREWELL

This piece was commissioned by Shoji Nakagawa, and premiered February 23rd, 2007 at the Fushimi Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall in Nagoya.There are actually very few “new” pieces being written for this 300 year old instrument with 13 courses and about 16 strings. It was quite fun and challenging to write music idiomatic for the instrument. The titles of the first and fourth movements are self explanatory, but the second movement, “Puzzle Piece” refers to the idea creating a musical or rhythmic picture piece by piece, so that what you start out with is not exactly what it seems and becomes part of something much bigger than itself. “Toy for Luka” is sort of a pun, as in the baroque form “Toy” found quite prevalently in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. It’s the first movement of the four that I completed and I wanted to dedicate it to my son who was constantly around me when I wrote it.

Performance history

2/23/07 at the Fushimi Denki Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall performed by Shoji Nakagawa with a review in The Mainichi Newspaper

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