Paul Edlin Two Gentlemen of Japan (from Three Old Gramophones)

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The first movement from 'Three Old Gramophones'. Inspired by The Mikado and genuine Japanese Gagaku court music. 2005 (Full work: appx.15’) Programme note: Three Old Gramophones examines symbolism in music, principally in two ways. Firstly, it presents music that appears ‘familiar’ in a generally unmodified way. Secondly, it envelops this music with another layer of sonorities that may appear recognisable, though not necessarily in the context in which it is heard. Three Old Gramophones uses both ‘private’ and ‘shared’ symbolism. ‘Two Gentlemen in Japan’ re-works the overture to The Mikado, manipulating it to sound rather more like genuine Japanese Gagaku court music.

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