Photographer's Note

I Hear the Water Dreaming
- Toru Takemitsu

North Fork of the Big Thompson River near Glen Haven, Colorado

After the initial disappointment expressed in my last post (not finding an unobstructed view of a place I had always wanted to photograph) .. I continued down the road (and downstream) and did find a place to capture some images of the river swollen with the beginnings of the Spring snow melt from the mountains above.

The title is from a 1987 concerto for flute and orchestra composed by Toru Takemitsu. Takemitsu and his music have been very influential on my life and I was thinking very much of them as I was hear taking these images in an on and off again Spring rain.

Takemitsu has effected me for a number of reasons .. he has been one of a few composers able to draw on the gestures of Debussy .. (whom I love ) .. most composers I think find Debussy so distinctive that they cannot draw directly on him easily in an individual way .. I am fond of Takemitsus range .. he is not an easily pigeonholed figure ... and mostly .. I think .. I find so much in Takemitsu due to his profoundly Japanese expression of nature and balance in his artistic expression. He often spoke of water, wind, and gardens in his music.

'I feel a deep reverence for the precise workings and the great order in nature, and still wish to learn more from nature as I compose music'

A sound is undoubtedly a living thing. It is like nature that has no individual. As transformations of the wind or water are complicated, a sound becomes rich or even poor. That depends on how deep our sensitivities accept sound."

"I believe the existence of a stream of sounds. Sounds coexist with our life, and we don't usually recognize that. Music is always here and there. Thus, the composers' task is to curve and shape them into the form of what we call music."

"I don't use notes to make a composition, but collaborate with notes."

'I am self taught, but I consider Debussy my teacher ... My teachers are Duke Ellington and nature'

~ Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)

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