Steady impressionist chords in parallel voicings on the piano, and a beautifully singing violin melody introduce the composition "Distance de fée" created in 1951, one of the best pieces of Takemitsu's early period. The spirit of Debussy and Messiaen are fully felt in this work of approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes duration. Messiaen's octatonic scale is used in the tonal language. The opening lyrical theme is repeated several times, and finds a new pathway upon each return - this is a version of variation as well as rondo form, two of Takemitsu's favorite compositional procedures. This piece, like many others by Takemitsu, was inspired by poetry, in this case, a poem of the same title by Shuzo Takiguchi (1903-1979). This work describes, with lightly mythological imagery, an elusive, transparent creature living in "air's labyrinth ... it lives in the spring breeze That barely resembled the balance of a small bird" (trans. Noriko Ohtake).
Description by "Blue" Gene Tyranny
|2012||ECM / ECM New Series / Universal Music Group||ECM 2238|
|2011||ECM / ECM New Series||4764428|