The Arbitrariness of Language

Ficarra, Evelyn (2010) The Arbitrariness of Language. [Composition]

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This piece is my second work to be based on a particular poem by the Medieval Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu, translating roughly as:

one must enter from the darkness into a dark path;

shine afar, moon on the edge of the mountains!

In this rendering I have become obsessed with the sound and structure of the poem; its rhythms, its irregular repetitions, its balance. My aim has been to create a series or web of translations/transliterations of the sonic material; each consonant and vowel has its pianistic equivalent, sometimes more than one.

Item Type: Composition
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 10:36
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 10:36
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