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Rhapsodie japonaise, Op. 48Composed by Dimitri TchesnokovFor flute and pianoPublished by BillaudotTotal duration: 13 minutes
A modern Ukranian composer, he is also a pianist. Inspired by Japanese culture and based on traditional modes, this piece was also conceived as a tribute to Japanese film directors such as Nagisa Oshima, Takeshi Kitano or Akira Kurosawa. The first movement, Evocations, is inspired by the dual appeal of Geisha dances that, for all their beguiling sensuality, can also be a tragic evocation of the cruelty of fate. The second movement, Masques, is an evocation of the trance-like experience of No theatre. The final movement, Dances, combines Medieval war dances and the nocturnal ballet of neon lights in modern Japanese cities.