Publisher: Novello & Co
Fallen Words (2013)
Commissioned by Anne McAlister for Philip Sawyer. First performance 28 June 2013 in the Westerkerk, Amsterdam, by Philip Sawyer.
Novello & Co Ltd
Rakugo, or ‘fallen words’, is a traditional form of Japanese entertainment performed by a lone, seated storyteller (rakugoka) with very few props, if any at all. The complications of each story – its dramatic arc, characterizations and plot turns – are expressed using extremely minimal means, relying on the verbal talents of the rakugoka to maintain interest. This idea is explored in this work for solo organ: Fallen Words. The piece uses a simple, pedal-like thread from start to finish around which is woven the performer’s ‘story’.
Tarik O’Regan, April 2013