Homeless Wanderer Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
7th Collection Patterns A and B Mamoru Fujieda
19th Collection Pattern D Fujieda
21st Collection Pattern B Fujieda
The Song of the Sea Guèbrou
19th Collection Pattern A Fujieda
13th Collection Pattern D Fujieda
The Madman’s Laughter Guèbrou
5th Collection Pattern D Fujieda
• The Homeless Wanderer
The homeless wanderer plays on his flute, while he worries about
the wilderness around his life. At night in the mountains, when people
and animals rest after the day, one hears the song of a flute which the little
wanderer plays, alone and far from home. The wild animals and snakes do
not dare approach him, but listen spellbound to the melody his flute produces,
which becomes its protector through the power of the notes.
This he loses his fear of the nocturnal visitors They become his friends.
The presentiment of a heavy stroke of fate. Composed two years
before the death of my youngest brother, Assayehegn.
• The Song of the Sea
Dedicated to the noble memory of my dear father: His Excellency Kentiba Guebrou Desta.
The melody of this piece was inspired by a childhood strong impression
that lingered in my mind for a whole lifetime. As a child of six years old journeying
on a big Paquebot (ship) with my eldest sister W.Senedou Gebrou, we were lying on deck-chairs
at the deck of the ship because inside the cabin it was too hot.
The sight of the full moon shining on the deep blue cloudless sky,
her silvery rays sparkling on the sea waves that looked like a
moving silver field, the waves under the soft blow of the wind
chasing one after another: that beautiful impressive picture
remained stamped in my childish mind, even later in life the sea always
had a special attraction to me.
Listen…..taking you on her waves on an afar journey….
• The Mad Man’s Laughter
This designation for my composition goes back to a remark my sister
made, which when she heard this piece told me that in this music there
are the sounds of reverberations of the laughter of a madman.
• Patterns of Plants
In our daily life, a variety of plants appear to remain silent.
Are not they actually trying to speak something to us? I once wondered if it was possible
to hear what they tried to say. Then I found that an apparatus called ‘Plantron’
enabled us to do so.
The Plantron picks up from the surface of the leaves bio-electric fluctuations in
the plant, which are then analyzed and converted to digital sonic data by a
computer. Thus it enables us to hear their daily activities which are
constantly changing as ‘their voices.’
I extracted a variety of melodies from the sonic data of bio-electric fluctuations
of plants, which are, as it were, traces of their
daily life. Then I bundled some of them as a ‘pattern.’
Each collection of Patterns of Plants consists of four sets of these patterns.
Patterns of Plants consists of many collections of pieces (patterns)
composed or arranged for the piano. Each collection has its own unity, but it
is possible to take out one single pattern or to combine,
at one’s will, some patterns which belong to different collections for a performance.
The ‘voices of plants’ are reproduced in the melodies of these
pieces. In the ‘patterns of plants,’ the melodies weave a variation style
of an ornamental baroque fashion or a chain of patterns often found in Celtic
music. I think we might be able to get in touch with something of plants’
breath by playing these melodies.