||Multiculturalism is one of the major trends in the choral education of the Twenty-first Century. Choral conductors attempt to capture diverse repertories from around the world. Japan, a country not very distant from Taiwan, is full of splendid choral development and composing achievements. Ko Matsushita is a Japanese choral conductor, composer, and educator. He is the conductor of ten choirs that have won many international choral competitions in the last decade. He also won the Carl Orff Composer Award two times. Matsushita was awarded the honor of the Robert Edler Prize in 2005 for his outstanding work in promoting choral music.|
Anthology of Love is a suite for female chorus with piano accompaniment. It was premiered in October 2003, and was published by KAWAI in August 2004. This suite contains four pieces: Somewhere or Other, Malayan Love Songs, A Poem for April, and Last Song of a Poet. These songs trace four different stages of love in human life: innocent, attractive, matured, and heroic love. All the Japanese lyrics in this work are taken from Shuntaro Tanikawa’s poem collections. The piano accompaniment can play an important part in the music but requires a performer with advanced technique to deliver that result.
This thesis consists of five chapters. Chapter One is the Introduction. Chapter Two discusses the background of Matsushita: Part One is a biographic sketch of Matsushita’s life; Part Two introduces the musical style and characteristics of Matsushita’s female choral works. Chapter Three focuses on the origin of lyrics and analysis of these four pieces. Chapter Four supplies rehearsal techniques and teaching suggestions for conductors. The diction fundamentals of Japanese and pronunciation of the lyrics are also included in this chapter. Chapter Five is the Conclusion. There are three appendices at the end of this thesis. Appendix A supplies four letters from Matsushita. Appendix B is a list of Matsushita’s published choral works. Appendix C contains the translation and the Romanization of the Japanese lyrics for these four pieces.