Harakiri

Scene with music

Commissioned by WDR, Cologne

Description

First performance: 22 September 1973, Bonn – Germany
Tokk – Ensemble Tokyo

 

Language: japanese and homelanguage
Based on the libretto of István Bálint

 

Written in 1973, Harakiri is based on the libretto providing by a Hungarian poet: István Bálint. He wrote it when he heard about the harakiri committed by Yukio Mishima on 25 November 1970. He committed the ritual suicide crowning his oeuvre focusing on the unity of life and art after five years of preparation.
István Bálint combines the antecedents of the harakiri with a motif well-known from an Andersen tale: the story of the pea put under the mattresses. The main character getting prepared to die returns the seven mattresses to the key figures of his life. The trivial Hungarian sentences were translated into Japanese.

Synopsis

Performances

9 Mar, 2019
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Secret kiss, Harakiri

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ryoko Aoki
9 March, Tokyo, Japan

19 May, 2017
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Harakiri

Thomas Piercy / Storyteller
Christopher Yohmei Blasdel / Shakuhachi
Reison Kuroda /Shakuhachi
Go Mochizuki / Hyoshigi

9 Aug, 2016
New York, USA

Eötvös: Harakiri

Hidejiro, Honjoh, Thomas Piercy, Elizabeth Brown, Jun Ando
"Tokyo to New York" Concerts. NYC

22 Sep, 2015
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Harakiri

The Japan Foundation
Budapest Music Center
Ryoko Aoki

24 Aug, 2015
Prague, Czech Republic

Eötvös: Harakiri

Prague Shakuhachi Festival 2015
Kuniyoshi Sugawara, Yuji Kikuo and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel

12 Oct, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Harakiri

October 12, 2014

cafeBudapest
Contemporary Music Festival
Ryoko Aoki

14 Jul, 2014
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly, Cadenza, Harakiri

Alter Ego Ensemble (Roma)
International Bartók Festival

21 May, 2014
Opera City, Tokyo

Eötvös: Harakiri

21 May, 2014
Ryoko Aoki

2 Nov, 2012
Paris, France

Eötvös: Harakiri

le Balcon ensemble
Musical Director: Maxime Pascal
Église Saint-Merry

4 Jul, 2012
Rheingau, Germany

Eötvös: Harakiri,Two poems to Polly, Natasha, Sonata per sei

Rheingau Music Festival

Eötvös: Harakiri
Eötvös: Two poems to Polly
Eötvös: Natasha
Eötvös: Sonata per sei

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

Schloss Johannisberg Geisenheim

 

8 Mar, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Radames, Harakiri

Berliner Kammeroper

Staging: Kay Kuntze

Cast:
Radames/Aida: Tim Severloh
Film director: Nicholas Isherwood
Theater director: David Schröder
Opera director: Annette Schönmüller
Conductor and E-piano: Philip Mayers
Philipp Krüger (Tuba), Christian Raake (Sopransaxophon) and Anton Richter (Horn)

7 Mar, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Radames, Harakiri

Berliner Kammeroper

Staging: Kay Kuntze

Cast:
Radames/Aida: Tim Severloh
Film director: Nicholas Isherwood
Theater director: David Schröder
Opera director: Annette Schönmüller
Conductor and E-piano: Philip Mayers
Philipp Krüger (Tuba), Christian Raake (Sopransaxophon) and Anton Richter (Horn)

6 Mar, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Radames, Harakiri

Berliner Kammeroper

Staging: Kay Kuntze

Cast:
Radames/Aida: Tim Severloh
Film director: Nicholas Isherwood
Theater director: David Schröder
Opera director: Annette Schönmüller
Conductor and E-piano: Philip Mayers
Philipp Krüger (Tuba), Christian Raake (Sopransaxophon) and Anton Richter (Horn)

4 Mar, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Radames, Harakiri

Berliner Kammeroper

Staging: Kay Kuntze

Cast:
Radames/Aida: Tim Severloh
Film director: Nicholas Isherwood
Theater director: David Schröder
Opera director: Annette Schönmüller
Conductor and E-piano: Philip Mayers
Philipp Krüger (Tuba), Christian Raake (Sopransaxophon) and Anton Richter (Horn)

3 Mar, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Radames, Harakiri

Berliner Kammeroper

Staging: Kay Kuntze

Cast:
Radames/Aida: Tim Severloh
Film director: Nicholas Isherwood
Theater director: David Schröder
Opera director: Annette Schönmüller
Conductor and E-piano: Philip Mayers
Philipp Krüger (Tuba), Christian Raake (Sopransaxophon) and Anton Richter (Horn)

3 Feb, 2012
Berliner Kammeroper

Eötvös: Harakiri

3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Februar, 2012
28 April, 2012

Stage director: Kay Kuntze
Annette Schönmüller, soprano
Dietmar Herriger and Christian Raake

7 Dec, 2011
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Harakiri

Ryoko Aoki (artist)
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Alter Ego

Japanese Institute of Culture

19 May, 2011
Budapest Chamber Opera

Eötvös: Harakiri

May 19-20, 2011

17 Jun, 2007
Lugano, Switzerland

Eötvös: Harakiri

Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana

Mizue Furukawa
Giulia Matteucci
Julia Garanikova
Luigi Gaggero
Silvana Torto

9 Jun, 2006
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Harakiri

Musée d'Art Moderne Linea Ensemble

Kiyoko Okada
Mario Caroli
Keiko Murakami
Michael Pattmann

23 Feb, 2005
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Music for New York, Harakiri, Drei Madrigalkomödien

Eötvös:

Music for New York (Ladányi, Horváth Csaba)
Harakiri (Csengery)
Drei Madrigalkomödien (Tomkins Ens., Dobra)

Katona József Theatre

 

27 Oct, 2003
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Insetti Galanti, Hochzeitsmadrigal, Harakiri, Music for New York

Cond: Péter Halász
Budapest Chamber Opera

October 27-31, Várszínház

4 Jul, 2003
Vitasaari, Finland

Eötvös' portrait

Eötvös' portrait

Kosmos (Jukka Tiensuu)
Kosmos (Emil Holmström, Joonas Ahonen)
Derwishtanz (Päivi Kiljala, Heikki Nikula, Kaisa Koivula)
Psy (Mikael Helasvuo, roi Ruottinen, Joonas Ahonen)
Drei Madrigalkomödien (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir)
Harakiri (Mikael Helasvuo, Lauri Toivio, Piia Komsi, Kari Kaarna, Reijo Kela)
Windsequenzen (Uusinta - Zagros Ensemble, cond. Susanna Mälkii)
Two poems to Polly (Roi Ruottinen)

July 4-6, Time of Music Festival

6 May, 1998
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Harakiri, Drei Madrigalkomödien, Radames

Budapest Chamber Opera

5 May, 1998
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Harakiri, Drei Madrigalkomödien, Radames

Budapest Chamber Opera

29 Dec, 1997
Budapest Chamber Opera

Eötvös: Harakiri

29-30 December 1997

1 Jan, 1993
Hungarian Television

Eötvös: Harakiri

Video: Hungarian Television 1993

30 Nov, 1988
Theater im Depot, Stuttgart

Eötvös: Harakiri

30 November 1988

15 Mar, 1987
Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest

Eötvös: Harakiri

15 March, 1987

22 Nov, 1986
Theater am Neumarkt, Zürich

Eötvös: Harakiri

22 November, 1986

22 Sep, 1973
Bonn

Eötvös: Harakiri - World premiere

September 1973

Tokk Ensemble Tokyo

Details

Genre:
Duration:
20 minutes
Date:
1973

Publisher information

Cast

1 performer (in Japanese), 1 Narrator (home-language)

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Harakiri
Opera - Music Theatre
20'2nar00020 0000 000 00000wood-cutter or hyoshigi

Orchestration to shakuhachi
or
2 bassclarinets, 1 wood-cutter or hyoshigi (performer or musician).
The composer prefers the bass clarinet version.

Further information

Sound

Recordings

Video

Ryoko Aoki, Manuel Zurria – part 1.

Ryoko Aoki, Manuel Zurria – part 2.

Prague Shakuhachi Festival, 2015

Budapest Music Center, 2015

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