Look on glass

2010/11 listen

Look on glass was written for a 17-chord Japanese Koto and Marimba, premiered by Kazue Sawai and Ryan Scott in 2010. This new version for small ensemble shifts the focus to the marimba, creating a new context for what was originally an accompaniment to the Koto. Although the Koto is omitted in this version, its presence may perhaps be felt in the sparse plucky textures of this piece. The work is written in 4 movements, each acting as a miniature, or what I like to think of as a musical haiku. These haiku are dedicated to the annual promise of emergence from beneath what seems an impenetrable and unforgiving surface of hardened earth and ice.

Continuum premiered the arrangement for small ensemble on February 12, 2012.

Michael Oesterle CA

Michael Oesterle, born in 1968, is a Canadian composer who lives in Deux-Montagnes Québec.

Michael Oesterle