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Hey guys. I have 2 recordings of the fuzzy bird, but i got both through itunes and lack the info booklet that comes with buying the actual cd. I know its a lot but could someone give me a good bio of this piece or some little analysis perhaps. I need to make program notes fast so let me know.

Vince R.

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Some suggestions:
-You could mention Yoshimatsu's lyricism, romanticism and the programmatic tendencies of the work.
-As far as I remember each movement of the work focuses on one harmonic area in an impressionistic sort of wash. Serialism it isn't! You could say how the composer creates interest musically despite the static harmonic context.
-A brief mention of the function of the extended techniques might be helpful.
-As Yoshimatsu isn't amazingly well known it would probably be worth saying a little about him in your programme notes.

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Found this from someone's senior recital program.....

Fuzzy Bird Sonata — Takashi Yoshimatsu
Takashi Yoshimatsu was born in Tokyo in 1953. As a child, he
was fascinated by symphonies of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. After
attending Keio University, Yoshimatsu joined a jazz and rock group,
particularly being interested in the innovative possibilities of rough
electronic music. From his experiences, Yoshimatsu began to oppose
“unmusical” modern music, instead favoring a type of “new lyricism”
in his pieces.
Yoshimatsu has published many works. He made his composition
debut with Threnody to Toki in 1981. Since then, he has presented
many different types of pieces. These include five symphonies and
other orchestral works, eight concertos, various stage works, a series of
chamber music related to birds, works for piano and guitar, and some
works for traditional Japanese instruments. Yoshimatsu is generally
considered to be one Japan’s greatest composers in the western classical
style; his compositions are very tuneful and sensitive to the capacities
of each individual instrument.
Fuzzy Bird Sonata was written for renowned saxophone virtuoso
Nobuya Sugawa in 1991 as a part of Yoshimatsu’s continuing
‘Bird’ series. Fuzzy Bird Sonata is a very adventurous work that provides
the soloist and pianist the most enjoyable challenges. It is filled
with many contrasts and a variety of character. “Sing, bird” is a
thoughtful improvisation between two dazzling outer movements.
The influences of bird song, folk melodies and jazz can be heard as the
saxophone uses contemporary techniques such as glissandi and the
altissimo register.

P.S. I'll see if I can find my old recital program for what I listed on there.

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Also important to note, apparently the translation is somewhat lacking:

The BIRD is NOT FUZZY -- rather, it is the IMAGE of the bird that IS FUZZY...

This piece doesn't conjure images of some little, whimpy, fuzzy, yellow chick! It's much more like some pointy-beaked, sharp-taloned bird of prey looking to rip out a rabbits entrails for dinner!

Perhaps a better title would say something about the 'essence of the bird', or the 'spirit of the bird'?

(*second-hand info from Sugawa. . . )
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