Komorebi is a Japanese word for sunlight filtering through tree leaves.
Recording: Alex Boostrom, piano
This piece is a reimagining of a previous piece, Through the Canopy (2006). You can view that score here – I have kept it up for archival and comparison purposes. Canopy was one of my more successful early pieces, but as my music has evolved and changed, I wanted to give it a new lease on life.
For Komorebi I have kept the arch structure intact, and many of the gestures remain. The biggest change is the pitch language – Canopy is based around a 2-octave 12-tone scale, while Komorebi is based on Phrygian Major and Lydian modes. Both pieces make use of sympathetic strings, but in the revision I focus on an E-flat/B-flat drone. While initially I had wanted to portray constantly shifting points of light, in the revision I wanted to have a point of return.
• Alexander Boostrom, NYC 12/20/15