Sanka, Song of Praise

Sanka (賛歌), Song of Praise – Tadao Sawai (1978)
Koto Solo

Sanka begins with a lyrical section, which mimics the singing of a song of praise, followed by a highly intricate passage in which both the left and right hands play independent melodies. An expressive slow section in a free tempo provides contrast, and the work ends with a return to a faster tempo. A multitude of playing techniques, from tone bending to glissandos to tapping on the strings are used in unique ways to explore the world of sound. Sanka may emerge in response to the beauty of nature, love of humanity, and depth of art. When the experience of the sublime within oneself overflows, dreams and poems are produced.