Dream light, shadow stone

by Paola Livorsi

for noh performer and basset horn

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Paola Livorsi

Dream light, shadow stone

Music Finland


Dream light, shadow stone is based upon exchange poems by the Japanese monks Ryokan and Teishin, from "Hachisu no tsuyu" (Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf, 1835). It also contains a verse by the classic Persian poet Hafez, "Patience can turn a stone into a jewel" (from "Divan"). The image of jewel is related to Buddhist philosophy, but I had also another reference in mind: the verse is quoted by the contemporary Persian poet Ziba Karbassi, in a poem about lapidation.


voc, bhn [noh performer]


Vocal and Choral Works




Tokyo, Shibaura House, March 19, 2013.Also in Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, March 24, 2013 (lecture/concert by Livorsi about Finnish and Japanese music).

Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by noh performer Ryoko Aoki and ensemble-no. Dedicated to Ryoko Aoki.

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