Year of composition 2016. Composed for and dedicated to Akademiska Sångföreningen (Helsinki, Finland) and its conductor Kari Turunen.
First performance March 25, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.
A little cuckoo, hototogisu in Japanese, was said to spit blood when chirping – a synonym of tuberculosis. Since his diagnosis, he used his pen name, Shiki. Shiki is another name for hototogisu, meaning “little cuckoo”. It was because of the calligraphy characters of shiki that he included one character in his name, “Tsunenori”. From the time the poet is aware of his close inevitable death, tuberculosis was the engine that drove him to work as effectively and as much as he could. It is widely known that tuberculosis is an illness which makes patients more and more sensible and passionate over time.
|Text author||Masaoka Shiki|
|Opening words||UnoHana no, Chiru made Naku ka...|
|Optional name||Little cuckoo|
|Music Style||Contemporary / Modern|