Słowik i kamień (The Nightingale and the Stone) - Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Słowik i kamień (The Nightingale and the Stone) - Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil

My original cycle Reportages (since 2009) is an attempt to convey the audiospheres of the landscapes I see, but also to capture the beauty and unique character of various parts of the world in music. The following parts of this cycle have been presented so far: Palm Sunday in Nazareth (about the Holy Land), Figures on the Sand / Journeys of the Age-Old Scarab (Egypt), ICE-LAND. Rainbow Bridges over Dettifoss (Iceland), Ring of Tara / Time Machine (Ireland), Ao-Tea-Roa / The Land of Long White Clouds (New Zealand), and the Landmannalaugar Sonata (Iceland).The Nightingale and the Stone is my reportage from Japan, whose leitmotif is a haiku made up of several notes and assuming different forms during my journey across the palette of images and phenomena, such as Japanese rock gardens, nightingale floors, the green tea gardens, the Suicide Forest of Aokigahara, cedar groves, painted cemeteries, the cinnabar-coloured temple gates, and the monumental golden statue of the Buddha. The peace of Zen flows from the mystical whiteness of Mount Fuji. 

I dedicate this composition to Kwadrofonik Ensemble. 

Duration: c. 21 minutes. 

Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil