THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

PROGRAM NOTE

In Japanese, hanakotoba (花言葉) translates to flower-language. It is a common tradition of affixing meaning to certain flowers. These set of short pieces for violin and piano are based on this language of flowers. Each movement’s title is based on physical appearance and strives to reproduce a short musical-fragrance of each flower.

 

Awarded Third Prize, 2010 Austin State Peay University Composition Competiton

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

July 14, 2015: Bowdoin International Music Festival, Aviva Chertok and Hidemi Minagawa (Violin & Piano)

November 21, 2010: The Definiens Project, Fresno New Music Festival

November 6, 2010: The Definiens Project

YEAR

2009

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Violin & Piano

 

DURATION

10 minutes

 

MOVEMENTS

1. Yellow Envy

2. Starburst

3. Wild Fire

4. Purple Splash

5. Sunburst

6. Organge Rage

7. Blue Freeze

8. Ultra-Violet

9. Lotus Rising

10. Cloud Blush

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

Jan. 21, 2010;

University of Michigan,

composer performing