(2005) for Recorder and Koto

Deutschlandfunk, Cologne Commission
Premiere: March 12, 2006 in Eindhoven
Jeremias Schwarzer and Makiko Goto
Duration : 7 minutes
Publisher : Breitkopf & Härtel

Misato Mochizuki (born in1969) writes a modern music free from the weight of "cultural meaning". Her music is full of energy and vitality, often with pulsating rhythms. She uses Western and Asian instruments as resonating bodies of sound, listening to the vitality within them. The term "Toccata" comes from baroque music and does not refer to any fixed form: they are free, almost improvised musical organisms in which the whole range of the instruments is explored, often with abrupt changes of expression. All these elements are in this piece, too. In addition, the virtuosity involved requires a certain playfulness of the musicians, bringing a "sparkling" to the surface which makes Misato Mochizuki’s music so unique.

Jeremias Schwarzer

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