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Karen Tanaka

Publisher: Chester Music

The Song of Songs (1996)
Commissioned by the Xebec Hall
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
8 Minutes
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Karen Tanaka The Song of Songs (1996)
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Composer note:
The title comes from the Song of Solomon of the Old Testament, which is a beautiful song of love. It begins as follows:

The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth,
therefore do the virgins love thee.

I have attempted to project this sensual song of love onto the sound of cello and computer. My intention was to weave color and scent into the sound while blending the ancient story and today's technology. The sound of cello is consistently gentle and tender.

This work was commissioned by Yutaka Fujishima and the Xebec Hall. It was first performed by Ryoichi Fujimori in Mito, Japan, on 10th November 1996.

© Karen Tanaka

  • Soloist(s)
    Madeleine Shapiro
    Albany Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    Joan Jeanrenaud
    New Albion Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    Maya Fridman, cello
  • 11 DEC 2018
    Theater Orpheus, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
    Maya Fridman, cello

    Other Dates:
    18 November - Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands
    20 November - Willem Twee Concertzaal, Den Bosch, Netherlands
    25 November - Concertgebouw de Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands
    27 November - Theater Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands
    28 November - Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    29 November - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
    2 December - De Harmonie, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
    6 December - Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    9 December - Zwolse Theaters, Zwolle, Netherlands
    12 December - Stadsschouwburg, Haarlem, Netherlands

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