Things That Gain by Being Painted: Score and Parts on Hire

Things That Gain by Being Painted: Score and Parts on Hire

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This is a setting of excerpts from the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a lady-in-waiting at the Japanese court in the 10th century. In this work music and text inhabit separate worlds; they run in parallel but mostly ignore each other. The composer has commented: Sei Shonagon has the most extraordinary air of self-satisfaction. Yet, if we stop to examine those Chinese writings of hers that she so presumptously scatters about the place, we find that they are full of imperfections. Someone who makes such an effort to be different from others is bound to fall in people's esteem, and I can only think that her future will be a hard one. She is a gifted woman, to be sure. Yet, if one gives free rein to one's emotions even under the most inappropriate circumstances, if one has to sample each interesting thing that comes along, people are bound to regard one as frivolous. And how can thing turn out well for such a woman?show more

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  • Sheet music | 88 pages
  • 210 x 297mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193553392
  • 9780193553392

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One of the real discoveries of the festival, full of teasing humour and impeccable in its comic timing of word and musical gesture. Robert Henderson, The Daily Telegraphshow more