O Hototogisu! Sheet music
O Hototogisu! is presented here as a typeset score with two facsimile pages from the composer's manuscript. This exquisite 'fragment of a Japonisme' - premiered in 2017 and conceived as a kind of double concerto for soprano, flute and ensemble of 23 players - proved to be Oliver Knussen's final work.
The 8-minute piece couches seven exquisite haiku settings in richly evocative music which incorporates signals from Japanese theatre (particularly Kabuki).
It concerns the Hototogisu (or Lesser Cuckoo), a bird widely invoked in Japanese haiku poetry of the 17th-19th centuries, where the poet listens for its arrival from the mountains both as a harbinger of summer and a voice from the land of the dead.
- Format: Sheet music
- Pages: 36 pages
- Publisher: Faber Music Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/06/2019
- Category: 20th century & contemporary classical music
- ISBN: 9780571541119