Maiko Chiba | Chamber Music

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Chamber Music

by Maiko Chiba

Contemporary and expressive, this multi-award winning artist's debut album brings you into an extraordinarily fantastic world.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Gates of Dreams I. Prologue
3:06 album only
2. The Gates of Dreams II. Marionettes
1:58 album only
3. The Gates of Dreams III. Aqua Corona
3:39 album only
4. The Gates of Dreams IV. In the Shadow
4:59 album only
5. The Gates of Dreams V. Microcosm
6:34 album only
6. On a Field of Wintry Glass
15:34 album only
7. Autumn Bronze
16:18 album only
8. Fires in the Whisper of a Soul
13:45 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

"The Gates of Dreams (1997/2008)", a piece for violin and piano, is one of my earliest compositions and was conceived after I saw an image of the universe. After an introduction via the Prologue, each movement represents a separate yet crucial part of the overall image. In Marionettes, I wished to portray continuously busy human beings that are somehow being manipulated by an invisible force- like marionettes. Aqua Corona is based upon water, which is probably the most beautiful material on our planet. In the middle of the music, the piano reiterates a certain pattern that brings rain drops to mind. In the Shadow attempts to highlight disparate sides of human psychology- the light and the shadow. Microcosm is a birds-eye view of this world. Melodic fragments from the previous movements are re-introduced as if seeing the entire planet as a microcosm. The opening tune of the piano returns on the violin, completing the cycle. Although my goal was to convey several ideals of the world symbolically, I also wanted to present them in a fresh, fantastic way; thus, the word “dreams” is used in the title.

Nature frequently inspires me and that is conveyed in the stronger themes of my music. In "On a Field of Wintry Glass" for violin, cello and piano (2000), I attempted to portray the process of liquid in a frozen state melting and then forming crystals as it freezes again. This work was commissioned by the Opus 3 Trio and premiered by the same group in October, 2000, in Washington D.C.

Autumn is my favorite season and my image of the season is portrayed in "Autumn Bronze" for brass quintet (2008 - 2009). For me, autumn has energetic, productive and even humorous sides. The music is inlaid with these elements. The continuous rhythmic patterns are used to express the underlying energetic force of the season, which brings the climax of the season- the harvest. The color of a harvest is a mellow “bronze” for me, and this key word is used in the title.

"Fires in the Whisper of a Soul" for double string quartets (2006 - 2009) is a requiem and was first inspired by the events of September 11, 2001 within the United States. The overall image was in my mind for a long time, shifting and unstable. It finally became an image of a supernatural phenomenon- of shimmering fires seen on the ocean. The fires looked like souls of the deceased to me; it looked like they were passing over the ocean. The twelve-tone techniques with two twelve-tone rows are the principles of this piece. Each note in the rows is presented one by one at the beginning of the music, expressing the souls appearing one by one on the sea. Later, they are combined, creating melody and harmony. Sometimes gentle, sometimes harsh, this expresses sadness and agony. A chorale-like moment appears near the end, and the music closes with an image of ephemeral souls. -Maiko Chiba



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