Sayo Kosugi: Lilac Nova
I find it difficult to describe in words what I felt when writing Lilac Nova for violin and chamber orchestra. It was a feeling of something subtle and mysterious. It was also something that had an incredible inner energy and power. I felt a sense of universe and space, and it centered on the color lilac. And for practical matters, all I knew was that it was going to be for violin and orchestra.
I have always been inspired by my synesthesia, whereby I see colors when I hear music. For me, the process of composing is often a process of taking ideas that become colors in my mind, transferring those colors into sound, and then trying to capture that sound on paper. I am also very partial to the violin, which I love, and which I find to be a source of infinite imagination and melody. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many violinists around me who have given me so much inspiration.
When deciding on the title of this work, I reflected on what I had written and tried to express. In this work, I found images, in lilac, like those of the universe, with explosions, showers of sparks, and invisible forces of gravity. Within this, the high violin melody is like a shiny planet that floats in the cosmos. The violin then guides us through a scenic journey past the millions of planets in space.