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Karen Tanaka

Publisher: Chester Music

Guardian Angel (2000)
Commissioned by Music for Japan for its 25th Anniversary Orchestral Concert
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
2000
Duration
11 Minutes
Programme Note
Karen Tanaka Guardian Angel (2000)
The title 'Guardian Angel' was inspired by a passage from the Old Testament Book of Exodus (23:20) as follows.

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way...

An image of angels, fragile and surrounded by beautiful illuminations, appeared in my mind, overlapping between Biblical times and our present time. My intention was to realise my image of angels with sounds, sent to guard us along the way.

© Karen Tanaka

Performances
Date
Title
  • 22 APR 2009
    Kotka Concert Hall, Finland
    Kymi Sinfonietta
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 19 DEC 2007
    Kitara Hall, Japan
    Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 19 DEC 2007
    Concert Hall, Sapporo, Japan
    Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
  • 13 NOV 2005
    Santa Barbara, USA
    Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
    Federico Cortese, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 November - Santa Barbara, USA
  • 13 NOV 2004
    Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, California
    Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
    Federico Cortese, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 November - Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, California
  • 01 MAR 2003
    San Jose, CA
    San Jose Silicon Valley Symphony
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 10 JAN 2003
    Salt Lake City
    Utah Symphony Orchestra
    Keith Lockhart, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 January - Salt Lake City
  • 09 JAN 2003
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah Symphony Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    10,11 January - Salt Lake City, UT
  • 09 NOV 2002
    Torrance, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 16 OCT 2002
    ISCM World Music Days
    Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
    Academy Symphony Orchestra
    Alan Cumberland, conductor
  • 04 OCT 2002
    Helsinki, Finland
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 16 JUL 2002
    Hollywood Bowl, LA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
    Yasuo Shinozaki, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2002
    Riverside Church, New York City
    Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    11 March - Riverside Church, New York City
  • 01 MAR 2002
    Guardian Angel UK Premiere
    BBC Maida Vale Studios
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Johannes Kalitzke, conductor

Reviews
At about 8:10 on the night of July 16, the sky above the Hollywood bowl was dappled with small puffs of cloud, turned a soft pink in the rays of the setting sun. At the same moment, the sound came off the stage in similar puffs of string tone, dappled with flashes of audible light (also pink, if you wanted it to be) from a solo harp: a small piece called Guardian Angel by Karen Tanaka. This was music of great charm if no great consequence, but the coincidence of sight and sound turned into one of those moments – rare, alas – when music at the Bowl becomes like nothing else on Earth.
Alan Rich, LA Weekly,7/26/2002
The first part of this evening was less surprising. It began promisingly with Karen Tanaka's gently striking "Guardian Angel", an 11-minute meditation scored for an ethereal combination of strings, clarinet, percussion and harp.
Daniel Cariaga, Music Review,7/18/2002
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