Japanese Landscapes and Legends for Piccolo Solo by David Loeb
David Loeb presents the collection Japanese Landscapes and Legends for piccolo alone, an aggregation of previously stand-alone works – the Four Japanese Legends (P-12), Scenes from the Japanese Countryside (P-14), and the Preludes Vol. III (P-31). These works are almost entirely direct suggestions of stories and geographic locations from across Japan, though they also reach into the deep past of Chinese origins and the dispersal of musical ideas and oral tradition through Japan and Korea. The opening Four Legends are stories narrated by piccolo; the Eight Views and stand-alone vignettes are tone paintings of landscapes and moment of time – snowfall, bird migration, rain falling on rivers, and others.