Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ondo for Chamber Orchestra
by Tanikawa, Takuma, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2018, 48; 10809519
Abstract (Summary)

Ondo was written for my grandmother’s 88th birthday. The composition comprises six sections based on a popular folksong, called “Tanko-Bushi,” which can be heard in every Japanese town during the Bon festival. Obon is a holiday in August, when we return home once a year to pay respect to our elders and ancestors. “Tanko-Bushi” became popular in Japan around the end of the Second World War and was based on a popular song from the early part of the twentieth century, around the time my grandmother was born, and has taken many forms since; it continues to do so under varied contexts and the versions I encountered there as a child, while attending the summer festivals with her, would have been but a small sample of these. As I worked on Ondo, I tried to imagine what it might have been like to live through all of the changes that took place in Japan over the past century. I think of the composition as a commentary on the westernization that has been taking place there and on the orientalization of Japanese identity—as an act of harmonizing disparate values. Between and within the sections, I explore varying degrees of fragmentation as they relate to, or disrupt, unifying threads that run through the four main sections (1, 3, 5 and 6). Above all, I wanted the piece to be enjoyable for my grandmother to listen to. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra gave a reading of the four main sections of Ondo on 28 January 2011 at the SPCO Center in Saint Paul, MN. Subsequent to the reading, two interludes (sections 2 and 4) were added as contrasting materials and as expansions upon the relationships explored between the diverse approaches to formal considerations in the piece.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cheung, Anthony
Commitee: Brodsky, Seth, Pluta, Sam
School: The University of Chicago
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music history, Musical composition, Music theory
Keywords: Fragmentation, Golden mean, Metamodern, Polyrhythm, Unity, Variation
Publication Number: 10809519
ISBN: 978-0-438-75601-4
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