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Blue Work

Five Jisei

for SSAATB choir

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  6m 30s

Year:  2010
Duration:  6m 30s

Composer:   Carol Shortis

Films, Audio & Samples

Carol Shortis: Five Jisei; ...

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Sample Score

Sample: first page of each movement

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Jisei are the special poems written, by Japanese tradition, as a ‘farewell to life’ by poets, a sort of artistic ‘last will’ that reflects on the life lived, the present transition and the afterlife to come.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Baroque Voices

Contents note

five miniatures for choir or 6-voice vocal ensemble

Text note

The texts for these five miniature pieces are taken from "Japanese Death Poems" compiled and translated by Yoel Hoffman, and reprinted with the express permission of Tuttle Publishing

Performance history

23 May 2010: Alleluia: a newë work! 2010

30 May 2010: 2010 Alleluia: a newë work!

28 Jun 2014: Performed by Baroque Voices, director Pepe Becker at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington.