3 Ballard for Hida

飛騨によせる三つのバラード 3 Ballard for Hida – Katsutoshi Nagasawa (1977)

Hida is an old town in Japan where ancient hand made goods can still be seen.  There are three movements in this piece, 1. 歩荷(Bokka) refers to the local people who deliver goods across the mountains by carrying them on their back, with their strong footsteps represented in this movement.  2. 立円(Tachitsubura) is nowadays called a baby pen, though in olden times it was handmade of wood and it showed their parents’ love towards their children.  3. 杉玉(Sugidama) is a ball made of cedar leaves, which can be seen hanging in Sake stores.