Toro nagashi (Lantern-floating) (Peter Bird)
- Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2011-04-16). Score information: Letter, 22 pages, 234 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: Japanese and English text underlay. Text and piano part follow the 16-page choral score in the PDF file.
Title: Toro nagashi (Lantern-floating)
Composer: Peter Bird
First published: 2011
Description: May be sung in either English or Japanese (Romaji). This piece is dedicated to the victims of the 2011 tsunami, and to their surviving relatives. The first two poems were selected because they serve as metaphors for the disaster, and the last three poems were selected because they serve as metaphors for the summer Obon festival observances that may provide a measure of healing for some.
Original text and translations
Five short tanka poems from the 13th-century “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”. English translations (based on those of Clay MacCauley, 1917).
Yama kawa ni
In a mountain stream