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‘Synapse’ for piano (eBook-music)

In Publishings on October 18, 2020 at 6:09 am


In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron or to the target effector cell (Wikipedia).
The main subject of my work “Synapse” is “explosive octaves”. The beginning expresses a raw ore, so to speak. Then an eruption of repeated notes. Its fragments act as a gigantic precursor and signal…. And sobbing transfiguration follows. From the resulting whirlwind, a melody emerges.

This eBook is now available (complete audio file attached): studio recording by Edward Cohen, pf.
If you would like to make a purchase, be aware that the site is only in Japanese.
→ translation guide

“Villanelle” in Pistoia

In Latest News on September 23, 2020 at 10:16 am

Musica nel Chiostro
3×2: La voce, Il legno – Il metallo
New program of pieces written for DUOroboros

Thursday 17th September 2020, 9:15pm
Fondazione Luigi Tronci (outdoors), Pistoia, Italy

The programme includes
“Villanelle” for voice, cello and vibraphone (2019) [world premiere]
Satoru Ikeda
by DUOroboros
Dagmar Bathmann, cello and voice
Omar Cecchi, percussion


In Text on June 5, 2020 at 10:44 am

Yours the grace that lights my temple’s light,
and yours the consecrated fire grown,
as patiently, at first, beneath the latticed ice,
emerges earth’s first measure of its own.
Here the green wrought bough’s reflected will,
its understanding and its being unknown,
holds that without which nothing can be stilled
before love which is but God’s to know.
But stays the course she does of winter come,
and contemplates in dark the body tended;
and having contemplated thus as one,
the petalled sun on yellow face illumined,
does she burst, at last, upon th’ eternal rush
of all things risen and good in us.
Darcy Blahut


The live recording of the performance by the composer [5:10] mp3

‘Superstring Theory’ for two pianos (eBook-music)

In Publishings on May 3, 2020 at 10:36 am


Two contrasting 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).
This piece premiered by South Korean pianists in a concert of “The 46th Pan Music Festival 2018” in Seoul.
Afterwords, it premiered in Japan in “The 40th Edogawa City Music Festival”.

This eBook is now available (complete audio file of live recording attached).
If you would like to make a purchase, be aware that the site is only in Japanese.
→ translation guide

“Daffodil” in Torrita di Siena

In Past Events on February 29, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Musica Prospettiva 2019-20

Sunday 23rd February 2020, 6:00pm
Fondazione Torrita Cultural Salon
Torrita di Siena (SI – Italy)
Ingresso libero – Free admission

The programme includes
Daffodil” for voice and piano (2019) [world premiere]
Satoru Ikeda
Musica Prospettiva 2019-20 – International Call for Scores winner (ex-aequo)
Satoru Ikeda, guest voice
Diego Pucci, piano

Musica Prospettiva
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Musica Prospettiva 2019-20 – International Call for Scores

In Past Events on February 2, 2020 at 7:35 am

Norberto Oldrini and Mirco Rubegni
(Artistic Directors)

This year we received 222 scores by 182 composers from 42 countries.
The very high quality of compositions made our selection very difficult, and we are proud that our call for scores is attractive to so many, various and gifted composers.
Many compositions deserve to be awarded and (above all) performed, but unfortunately our means are limited and we regret being able to program only few works.
Anyway, many thanks to all participating composers, again, for having shared their music, their valuable work, with us.
The Jury, in the Musica Prospettiva’s spirit of multiplicity, has decided to award works of very different style:

1° Prize EX-AEQUO
– Ari Ben-Shabetai (Israel) – ForteCelloPiano, for cello and piano (1993)
– Satoru Ikeda (Japan) – Daffodil, for voice and piano (2019)

Special Mention
– Zhuosheng Jin (China/Canada) – (in)somnia, for cello (2015)

DUOroboros Special Prize
– Valerio Rossi (Switzerland) – Beyond the Edge, for mezzo-soprano/cello and percussion (2019)musica-prospettivaThe jury members of this year were:
– Dagmar Bathmann (Germany, mezzo-soprano/cellist of the DUOroboros)
– Omar Cecchi (Italy, percussionist of the DUOroboros)
– Norberto Oldrini (Italy, composer, pianist and artistic director)
– Mirco Rubegni (Italy, trumpeter, composer and artistic director)
– Diego Pucci (Italy, pianist and composer)
– Clara Salomon (U.S.A., soprano)

‘Who Rings’ for toy piano (eBook-music)

In Publishings on January 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm

The title “Who Rings” is derived from the pronunciation of the Japanese “風鈴 (Fu-rin)” which means wind chimes. Wind chimes are constructed from suspended bells or other objects that are often made of metal or wood, which can strike when they are blown by the natural movement of air outside.

This eBook is now available (audio file attached).
If you would like to make a purchase, be aware that the site is only in Japanese.
→ translation guide

‘Who Rings’ for toy piano (2019) via Youtube

In Recordings on January 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Satoru Ikeda “Who Rings” / David Bohn, toy piano

Composed for “The 100-Note Toy Piano Project” (which works consist of a maximum of 100 notes) : more than 50 pieces were selected from all over the world.