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Toshio Hosokawa

Works for Flute

Label: Kairos

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Toshio Hosokawa explains his special interest in the flute as follows: “For me the  flute  is  the  instrument  which  can  most deeply realise my musical ideal. The flute can produce a sound by means of the breath, and can be a vehicle by which the breath transmits the sound’s life-power.“  When playing the flute, the breath  flow  is  directed  upon  a  sharp  edge or notch. The resulting vibrations excite the air contained in the resonant cavity  within  the  flute,  which  can  be  heard as sound. The close relationship between breath, the essence of life, and the resulting sound makes it possible on the flute to express one’s emotions and energies directly.The flute is one of the oldest musical instruments  known  to  mankind,  and  it has found widespread use in many cultures. In Western music, beginning in  the  Middle  Ages  the  longitudinally-played  instrument,  the  recorder,  was  preferred  initially.  By  the  middle  of  the  18th  century  the  side-blown  ( or  transverse )  flute  became  “the  flute”. 

The  version  developed  by  Theobald  Böhm around 1850 with a body made of  metal,  a  cylindrical  bore  of  the  air  cane,  and  a  sophisti   cated  system  of  finger plates to cover the tone holes, is the norm today. Since  ancient  times,  flutes  have  also  been  used  prominently  in  Japanese  music. In the cere monial court music gagaku  and  in  the  music  of  the  nōtheater, different types of the flute, each with specific sound character istics and distinctive playing techniques, play an important role. In addition, there is the shakuhachi,  the  playing  of  which  has  been  influenced  by  the  centuries  of  use of the instrument in the meditation practice of Zen Buddhism. Even today, in the traditional musical idiom of the instrument,  the  “natural  sound”  is  considered  as  the  ideal,  where  the  boundaries  between  musical  tones  and noise are blurred. Here, the flute becomes  a  “sounding  bamboo”  and  the breath that is transformed by it into “sound” turns out as the sound of nature, conveying the experi ence of becoming one with the energies of the universe

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Cat. number: 0015092KAI
Year: 2021
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Recording Date: 2-3 July 2020

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