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Released: Mar 18, 2007 | 5:53 PM
Category: World
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.77 MB

Plays: 1638
Downloads: 6
Weekly Plays: 1
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: No derivative works allowed
Another piece from my new project, "Songs for Genji," based on the medieval Japanese novel "Tale of Genji."

When Genji was 12, he was married by his father the Emperor to a 16-year-old girl (traditionally called “Aoi” after a forest plant with two heart-shaped leaves). His new bride saw him as childish, and Genji himself was unprepared for marriage (being obsessively enamored of his stepmother). The antipathy between the two created a chasm that only widened with time. When, in his late teens, Genji began engaging in romantic liaisons, his wife was further distraught… he had grown into a very handsome and engaging man, but the emotional gulf separating them seemed unbridgeable. The wife became aware of a long-term affair that Genji was sustaining with a widowed noblewoman referred to as Rokujo Haven, and she was deeply hurt, refusing to see him when he called upon her (she lived with her parents… complicated medieval Japanese thing, don’t ask).

With time, Genji becomes more or less estranged from his lover, and his relationship with his wife seems to be on the mend. In his 22nd year, Genji learns that his wife will bear him a child soon. The news brings the two of them closer together, pushing Rokujo Haven completely out of the picture (she has been hoping for official status in Genji’s life). Late in the pregnancy, Aoi is struck with an unidentifiable illness that Buddhist priests soon discover is oppression by spirits. As his wife spirals into feverish delirium, Genji discovers (when a “mononoke” speaks through Aoi) that the soul of Rokujo Haven herself has, inadvertently and through her rage at Genji, been wandering from her body to torment Genji’s wife.

Despite this torment, Aoi gives birth to a son; she is weakened greatly, but Genji stays by her side, and it seems the two of them will finally bond through their child. As Aoi appears to slowly be recuperating, Genji finally leaves her home to take care of some pending matters… and in his absence, Aoi is suddenly overcome by Rokujo Haven’s jealous spiritual contact. She dies.

Genji is devastated and seems to really want to reevaluate his priorities… in his brother-in-law’s presence he mutters an improvised poem: “The very heavens where she who so long was mine turned to cloud and rain/ darken, and winter showers deepen the skies’ heavy gloom.”


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eagle Artist

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beautiful work David...
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DavidBowles Artist

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The first track of this project is A Demoness Smothers Twilight Beauty
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Great piece my friend! smiley
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Sounds like something from China, but hey it's a lovely piece of music. Thanks for the plot outline.
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Very good - sparing and precise. The timing is beautifully observed; in fact exquisite. Very fine work.
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Haunting. Pensive. The gloom of the dark sky you quote in the poem. Stately. Tragic.

This is one of my favorites.
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Visionary.

Utterly cinematic.

I don't hear your songs like these as much as I see them.

Enchanting.

et.

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Dickl Artist

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Nicely done! The old Ehru vioilin if I'm not mistaken.

A good use of sounds and textures.

Cheers

Dick



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art,

Heian period court music in Japan (gagaku) was very similar to Chinese music... this song deliberately echoes the pacing and tonal flavor of such music.

Thanks all!
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Listening to this song is not a simple audio listening, mind brings you in imaginary sceneries of oriental culture, I can't stop the mind doing that.

L.
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Loved the austere discipline of this. You have a wonderful sense of Asian drama. A perfect gem and powerful opening to what should be a special project.
Best,
-Bowman
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You know I love all your music, but, for me, no one can top your Asian style. It's the best. ---Dave
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Meditative and clear like fresh water from a mountain fontaine.


Cheers, RG
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