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Donald Womack太刀花 (Sword Flower) (shakuhachi and violin version)Shakuhachi & violin 尺八のD-管とヴァイオリ6:002009
Original version for shakuhachi duo recorded on the album Breaking Heaven (Albany Records)

The title (pronounced Tachibana) is an invented word derived from the name of the shakuhachi maker and player for whom the piece was written as a gift. Looking for a title in honor of Tachibana-san, I took characters from different words that are not normally combined and put them together to create a new word (a particular poetic license to which Japanese well lends itself). The characters literally mean “sword” and “flower”, and the piece itself reflects this duality, as the first half is sharp, angular and violent, in contrast to the quiet and graceful second half.

The piece exists in the original version for shakuhachi duo, as well as this version for shakuhachi and violin.