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Tôrô nagashi – Igor Ballereau

Tôrô nagashi

Jisei (death poems) by Hokushi , Seiju and Kyokusai

Voice; flute (also bass flute); bassoon; guitar; harpsichord; cello; percussion

2007 – 17mn

No recording available

I –

II – Kaite mitari (Hokushi)

III – as soft as possible

IV – Shibaraku mo (Seiju)

V –

VI – Akatsuki ya (Kyokusai)

Words

  • II.
    Kaite mitari / keshitari hate wa / keshi no hana

    (Hokushi – died on the twelfth day of the eight month, 1718)
    I write, erase, rewrite, erase again, and then a poppy blooms
    j’écris / efface / écris à nouveau / efface encore / et alors / un coquelicot
  • IV.
    Shibaraku mo / nokoru mono nashi / kigi no iro

    (Seiju – died on the twenty-eight day of the eight month, 1779)
    Not even for a moment do things stand still —- witness color in the trees
    Pas même une seconde immobiles / les choses / en témoigne / dans les arbres / la couleur
  • VI.
    Akatsuki ya / mizu kanzureba / hasu no oto

    (Kyokusai – died on the twenty-ninth day of July, 1874)
    When you contemplate the waters at day break, you can hear the lotus blossom
    Au point du jour / contempler les eaux / pour pouvoir entendre la fleur de lotus / qui s’ouvre

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