About this piece the composer writes: "I had long wanted to write a songbook full of pleasant melodies that lovers of the violin, whether professional or amateur, would feel like playing. I love the violin, and so I wanted such a book for myself. In composing these melodies, I first developed them piece by piece with violin in hand, and as they gradually took shape I wrote them down. In the midst of this process, I played them again and again. How else, I thought, would I be able to grasp the essence of the violin through each melody. It was just like writing a song; one needs to sing it over and over in order for it to come to life. These violin melodies have come to life in the same way...I am so hopeless a violin player that the processRead more mentioned above, in which I played my own composition, was more difficult than I had imagined. But the result of my efforts resolved the problem of how I could give the song-style melodies the effects characteristic of the violin." Today, Tokuhide Niimi is a part time professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Japan Federation of Composers, Inc. Read less
Works on This Recording
The Violin Song Bookby Tokuhide Niimi
Yasuko Ohtani (Violin),
Jun Enomoto (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: Japan Date of Recording: 12/2000 Venue: Chichibu Myuzu Park, Saitama, Japan Length: 52 Minutes 54 Secs.