Work

Helleborus (2015)

Jo Kondo

four-hand piano

Program Notes

My composition is a kind of improvisation. I start writing without any plan about the piece. I simply wait until the first note (or chord) visits me. Upon having it, I try to listen out to find what the next following note that the first one suggests, then the second note to the third, and so on. It is an improvisation, very slow, time-consuming process, conducted by contemplation on the sound that came to me.

Helleborus, written expressly for Hildegard Kleeb and Satoko Inoue, is my winter contemplation. When the work has grown up to its final shape, the hellebore flowers in my yard were shivering quietly with cold breeze of early spring.