AANMI artist Ryu Goto performs Sayo Kosugi's explosive Lilac Nova at Kyoto National Museum, under conductor Yuga Cohler. Lilac Nova is one of the most powerful pieces on the AANMI album, Transcendent, available on digital platforms and CD worldwide via Delos Music. Lilac Nova won the Palmer Dixon Prize at The Juilliard School for Best Composition. We are thankful to the fantastic students at Kyoto City University of the Arts who joined us for this concert on June 13, 2018. Special thanks to Universal Music Japan for granting us permission to include Ryu Goto on this album. Album available here: https://delosmusic.com/recording/transcendent/
Posted by Asia / America New Music Institute on Friday, July 13, 2018
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.