“Superstring Theory” for two pianos

In Program Notes on October 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm

This work is structured as an “inverse symmetrical series” of 35 tones arranged around Middle C. My style generally emerges from a single cell (tone row) which evolves into two contrasting motifs. These two motifs develop together, and through tension and fusion grow in energy, developing into great waves.
Superstring theory is an attempt to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory by modeling them as vibrations of tiny supersymmetric strings (Wikipedia). Having been inspired by the title of the theory rather than the theory itself, and at the same time intending to allude to the rich sound produced on the two pianos, I adopted the title of the theory for this work.


In Latest News on October 20, 2018 at 4:58 am

Concert III
Organization: ISCM Korea

Saturday 13th October 2018 at 2:00 pm.
Sejong Art Center, Chamber Hall, Seoul

The programme includes
“Superstring Theory” for two pianos [world premiere] /
Satoru Ikeda
Jaehong Lim, Jiwoong Jeon: piano

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“Imprisonment” for 13 players (2017)

In Program Notes on May 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

This work is a revised version of two works.
The first one is “DNA” for violin solo (composed 2015). The first three minutes of this composition consist of only four pitches: the open G-string, A flat on the D-string, F sharp on the A-string and F on the E-string. These four pitches are repeated while changing their combination and rhythm patterns. In the second half, the pitches are connected by “helical” strands of sixteenth notes.
The second original piece is “Imprisonment” for String Quartet (2016), which is a revised version of “DNA” for solo violin. I also revised the title to reflect my feeling that all creatures are as though imprisoned by their DNA chain. Those who are imprisoned are restricted their liberty and their belongings, just as this work is “imprisoned” by its limited range of notes.