When

Hasse, Jean

Duration

1m 00s

Publisher

Visible Music

Composed

1998

Instrumentation

Voices Only

Scoring

sop, ten, bas

Availability

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About the work

The piece is a setting of a poem by the Japanese Emporer Koko, from the 9th century. The translation by Kenneth Rexroth, is as follows:

When I went out in the Spring fields to pick the young greens for you , the snow fell on my sleeves

Technical notes

There are treble, tenor, and baritone parts, none of which use extreme ranges. Much of the piece does not have a precise beat, with players asked to repeat material over a specified period.