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Fireworks (2003)

In Program Notes on March 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm


One night I had a wonderful dream; I heard scattered skipping movements played by a chamber orchestra tutti.
The sounds of the brass in particular outshone the others like a fireworks display against the night sky.
I felt as if I were in the middle of the countless jewel-like stars in the majesty of the heavens, and I was immensely inspired by my vision.

When I was searching for a title to give my work, I found figurative meanings for “fireworks”. i.e. the display of wit, passion, passionate performance, etc.
Realising that these actually corresponded to my intentions for the work, I titled it “Fireworks”.

It calls for a string quartet, two separate wind quintets (wood and brass), a piano, an accordion and percussion instruments.
Making the most of the peculiar feature of each instrument, I tried to depict not only the images of fireworks, but also the sky studded with stars and the darkness of night all around, following the evolution of musical emotion.

The two months (Nov.- Dec. in 2003) I spent on this work was a really delightful period for me; I simply enjoyed myself as if in a dream.

Fireworks The excerpt from the performance [1:03] mp3 Just a moment

Review
Satoru IKEDA dreamed his Fireworks, rather as Stravinsky had his Octet.

International Composition Prize Luxembourg 2004

In Recordings on March 3, 2009 at 11:45 am

LGNM404 “Fireworks” for chamber orchestra [LGNM 404]

Q’inti                                Chañaral Ortega-Miranda      (10´33”)
Lin Lang                          Lin Wang                                   (14´15”)
Fireworks                 Satoru Ikeda                              (12´06”)
Làbara                             Matteo Franceschini                (10´45”)
Bling Bling Balaam       Jonathan Eato                          (14´06”)
Luxembourg Sinfonietta
Conductor : Marcel Wengler

The Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music held the closing concert of the third International Competition Prize on Saturday the 8th May 2004.

A total of 134 candidates from the following 37 countries participated in the competition: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldavia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA.