Sumio Kobayashi:
"Underwater Snow"

Sumio Kobayashi © Sumio Kobayashi Sumio Kobayashi, born in 1982 in Mie (Japan), is a composer of contemporary classical music. He began receiving formal musical training in 1985, excelling at the piano and composition. Having studied with Joji Yuasa and Hiroyuki Itoh, he won the I.C.O.M.S. 29 Concorso Internazionale di Composizione, Gyeongsangnam-do Special Prize at Isang Yun Prize and the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. He has appeared at festivals such as the Takefu International Music Festival.


"Underwater Snow" for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano

Inspiration Sumio Kobayashi © Sumio Kobayashi
"The aim of this work is to describe imaginary underwater snow with subtle sonority. In order to depict the whiteness of the snow, the sound is partly similar to that of A minor. A falling melodic line is also frequently used. Many sorts of harmonics are employed to express ethereal sounds. Although it is impossible for snow to pile up underwater, the mystic and fictional image still seems fascinating."