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The title of this piece, Himmel im Wasser (Sky in Water) is derived from the poem of the same title by Hans Carossa (1878~1956), a German poet. The poem is about his recollection of a beautiful vision of the sky when he was a child and the reflection of a cloud as it passes over a pond and the splendid radiance of the sun remembered.

There is no doubt that my inspiration for this music is from my impression of this poem, however, the music developed from truly pure musical interest, and it does not have to be listened to inconnection with the poem. Through my music I had hoped to manifest a unique sense of time by creating the sequence of every moment that constantly keeps on making exquisite transformations such as light and shade reflected on water.

The music was first performed by Satoko Inoue and Ko Ishikawa at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall on October 6, 2001.