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Primary Structures

for shō and tenor recorder

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  10m

Year:  2021
Duration:  10m

Composer:   Samuel Holloway

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This work is based around the 11 aitake (fingering/pipe configurations) used by the shō performer in gagaku music, and reflects a number of ongoing concerns—the use of existing/given materials and structures; notational and compositional concision; states of stasis and quietude—as well as a longstanding interest in Japanese musical practice and aesthetics. The piece shares its title, Primary Structures, with the seminal 1966 exhibition of materially reductive sculpture at the Jewish Museum, New York.