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One/hitotsu (2006)
Poetry, Dan Albertson
for Japanese sho and soprano.Commission by Naomi Sato
Total duration: 10 min.



Ichi

In the assembled trees,
Lies the portal to bliss,
Whose doors never close.

Forever - such brevity?

Virtue a shrine,
A ripple in consciousness.

Imagine a cloud,
Sage as its divinity,
Shrouded in life.

K(o)fuku ... hik(o) no yume ... ry(u), ry(u) no kanj(o) ... awa, wata,
motsu...
Tsubosa no ue ni sabaku ... ishi no kaishaku...
Ocha no tame ni eien, ippan
The structure of truth
reigns; that of falsehood crumbles

Sakasama ni, chikaku ni ... otera, sorairo no ... tateru, ojigi o suru

Dusts of ether ... ether of dust ... konoya naranu)
ch(o)ten... fumoto Jukk(o) suru (contemplate/reflection [reflect on]) ... sonzai
Remember that the ancients need their
praise
and the future needs its hope. Yurushi, ima no menkai, mukatte:
kagami-seishin-seimei
one ichi..

Dan Albertson



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