for guitar and 17-string koto

Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Mixed Ensembles, Duet


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Ethnic plucked strings
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Programme Note:
shakkei is a term from Japanese gardening. It means ‘borrowed scenery’, and it describes the way that master gardeners use naturally occurring features – rivers, mountains, etc – to enhance their garden. By designing their garden to work in harmony with the surrounding environment, both the garden and the environment are enhanced. In this piece I treated the two instruments – koto and guitar, both 20th century versions of instruments millennia old – in a relationship akin to the garden and the mountain: their musical lines are independent to a certain extent, but they also complement each other and bring out a certain beauty that would not exist in each of the parts played on their own. The shakkei metaphor will also work another way: that of the immovable mountains of very different and very temporally distant traditions being used as a conceptual background to enhance the music I write today.

Premiere Information:
1 March 2015, Ausland, Berlin, Germany.
Dylan Lardelli, guitar; Miyama McQueen-Tokita, koto.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 4242 J321sha
  • Genre:
  • Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Mixed Ensembles, Duet
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 8, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (9 p.); 23 x 30 cm
    9 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Dylan Lardelli and Miyama McQueen-Tokita.
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