Tarik O'Regan: Fallen Words

Books | Organ

Publisher: Novello
Composer: Tarik O'Regan
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
Rakugo, or ‘fallen words’, is a traditional form of Japanese entertainment performed by a lone, seated storyteller (rakugoka) with very few props, if any at all. The complications of each story – its dramatic arc, characterizations and plot turns – are expressed using extremely minimal means, relying on the verbal talents of the rakugoka to maintain interest. This idea is explored in this work for solo organ by Tarik O'Regan: Fallen Words. The piece uses a simple, pedal-like thread from start to finish around which is woven the performer’s ‘story’.

Stephen Farr, in the March/April 2015 issue of Choir and Organ Magazine, suggests that a "good performance" of Fallen Words "will be hypnotic", and "the ability of the performer to engage an audience with the most subtle of nuances is of crucial importance."
Published on: 24 May 2013
No of pages: 6
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV163812

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