In Ancient Temple Gardens (arr. for Orchestra)

Composed for NEXUS and dedicated to Toru Takemitsu, In Ancient Temple Gardens was arranged for orchestra and inspired by visits to the temples of Kyoto.

William Cahn joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as principal percussionist after graduating form the Eastman School of Music in 1968.

The music was composed after returning from NEXUS’ tour of Japan in 1976. It is dedicated to Toru Takemitsu who was the group’s host and mentor during our stay in Japan. Among the most memorable of our experiences were visits to the beautiful temples of Kyoto, of which three in particular made a special impression and provided the inspiration for this work. The first is Kiyomizu, which sits on a wooded hill overlooking the city, and where we spent a wonderful afternoon with Tour as our guide. The second is Ryoanji with its profound rock garden, and the third is Saiho-Senji, or Kokegara, the serene moss garden in the hills outside of Kyoto. The music attempts to capture a feeling of peace, beauty and harmony that surely must accompany anyone’s presence at these special places.

36 page score, arranged for Chamber Orchestra (13 parts)



Performance Type

Orchestra, 6+ Players, Arrangement/Transcription

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