Tomaraji na kumo (The Ceaseless Clouds)

Basic Information

Instrumentation: Choral (SSAATTBB)
Duration: 2:45
Year composed: 2016


Written for C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective. Performed June 9 and 11, 2017, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Manhattan

Performed by C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles, March 4, DNJ Gallery at Bergmont Station, Santa Monica, CA; March 5, Church of the Angeles, Pasadena, CA

In the Project: Encore contemporary choral music catalog.

A meditation on nature and the openness of the sky. In Japanese.


text by Fujiwara no Tameie (1198-1275)
translated by Samhitha Sreenivasan

tomaraji na kumo no hatate ni shitau tomo
amatsu sora naru aki no wakare wa

Yearn as I might for the edge of the ceaseless clouds
The parting of autumn is the vast open sky

Score & Recording