It was during spring vacation after my first year of Shizuoka University when I discovered Sweelinck’s music.
As I was working as a temporary manual laborer for about forty days in order to buy a multi-track recorder for synthesizer, I’ve heard the music on the radio FM that I have been listening to for waking every morning.
At the beginning of those days I went out working under rigid routine rules, the music showed me out purely and warmly.
Then thirty years later last year, I gave a task one of my pupils of composition class to make six canons and I also composed them for an example.
In these works there might have been an influence of Sweelinck.
After the catastrophe consequent on huge earthquake, the extensive tsunami waves and the explosion at a nuclear plant have simultaneously occurred in nearby regions, these simple canons which had not been intended to give any expression seem rather suitable to express regret.