Guide to Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra (N-Orch.)Public Performance

Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)

Here is an introduction to public performance by N-Orchestra scheduled on this Sep. 4 (Sun,). NE (Niibori Guitar Ensemble) and N-Orchestra had many opportunities to play at splendid halls by now. For examples, for overseas, Purcell Room and Croidon Hall in London, Atheneo Hall in Madrid, Victoria Memorial Hall in Singapore, Opera House in Sydney, Melbourne Arts Center Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, and for domestic areas, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Nippon Budou Kan, Suntory Hall, Orchard Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo Opera City Hall (Takemitsu Memorial) etc. and world's top musicians played at either of them.

And, we are going to perform at such a splendid hall, also in this year.

Performance at new "Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall"
"Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall"(official name is Kawasaki Symphony Hall) was completed in 2003 and concerts started in July, 2004. This hall was designed as "Wine yard style", very rare in Japan, and it has spirally arranged seats for audience surrounding 360 degrees of the stage in center of the hall. This realizes sense of unity for players and audience. It is said to be equipped with latest sound system, and we are looking forward to be able to perform at this hall. This hall, just like Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, is located in Muza Kawasaki, the urban complex of offices, concert hall, commercial facilities, and parking lot, so you can enjoy dinning and shopping before or after the concert.

Let us introduce essential matter, performances.
Dr. Hiroki Niibori, the originator of N-Orchestra, foster parent, musical director and the conductor, conducts this time "Rosen aus dem Suden", master piece of music composed by Johann Strauss the 2nd .

Dr. Niibori has continuously conducting waltzes composed by Johann Strauss for the past several years and some of audience would think why pieces of music composed only by Strauss were performed. So I would like to explain, with my personal guess, some stories.

Waltz composed by Strauss premiere performed by N-Orch.(name of that time was Niibori Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble) was "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald", as some audience remember. Premiere performed in Dec. 1962 and the sounds seemed to be little bit different from present.
We can presume the affairs and Dr. Niibori's enthusiastic desire to realize playing arranged Strauss' famous waltz, "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald", from the document written by Mr. Sachio Kisi, a member of Niibori Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble at that time. Let us introduce here.

"Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald"("Tales from the Vienna woods") by Guitar Orchestra (quoted from "Guitar Music", Nov. 1975)
Dr. Niibori's study of baroque and classical music and research on arranging and conducting for more than 10 years brought Niibori Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble to be able to play Johann Strauss' music. How to play for sweet melody of violin, for wind instruments, careless percussion washes out guitar sound, and so on. How to play for zither, the most impressive sound in this piece of music, "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald", and be that as it may, important thing was to understand Wiener Waltz. (note: lacking of interval and rhythm for witty Wiener Waltz, performers advanced, delayed, too strong, too weak and so on for so many times and could not perform while looking scores, and so on. "All of members should memorize the piece of music!"was the first of absolute requirement for performers and it has not been changed. As the Japanese orchestra, could play rhythm of Wiener Waltz, was very rare at that time, conductor's and performers' troubles would be far more severe than today.) So many problems were piled up.

Splendid scores, "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald", arranged by Dr. Niibori for guitar orchestra was accomplished as the result of solving those problems one by one in more than 10 years. But, at that time, Niibori Guitar Chamber Music Ensemble was consisted of a few more than 10 members, and premiere performance was played with simplified percussions for scores arranged by Dr. Niibori. (note: That was possibly be performed in Dec. 1969.) Only Tamburin and triangle were used at the beginning, then cymbals, drum and timpani were added in accordance with the increase of members bringing to arranger's intention to become well organized orchestra. At the beginning stage, surprised members once stopped performance when Tamburin sounded BANG!

Then, they looked for Tamburin with small sound, and small drum, or a piece of cloth was pasted on to Tamburin.

Now (in 1975), it became possible to control by player's technique, of course. (note: All of members was guitarist and did not know how to handle drum sticks. After searching blindly, they learned orthodox playing method of percussions from former member of NHK Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Keisuke Ajiro.)

Frankly speaking, now I express my respect for Dr. Niibori, once he said, at that time he was arranging "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald", his purpose of arrangement would come to life when it was performed by more than 70 members.

As a guitar ensemble of 20 members was too big organization at that time, this seemed to be a big adventure.

"Flute Concert op10-1"composed by Vivaldi was performed on Aug. 8, 1975 at big hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan by 125 members, and it gave splendid humming sound.

We could enjoy lingering sound like regular orchestra and rich feeling of expansion resulted. When performed with fine control of percussion by such number of members, it becomes possible to get sounds of regular orchestra playing "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald"and to give sounds peculiar to guitars different from symphonic orchestra. I'm looking forward to realize it. That is the outline.(Following to above, effective use of instruments at that time and so on are described.)

Then, "Geschicht aus dem Wienerwald"was performed by more than 70 members intended by Dr. Niibori at big hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan on Aug. 5, 1976 successfully.

Continuing part of introduction will be described on next issue.

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<Hot News>
NE will appear on stage as a guest at "GFA Festival"
Public performance of NE (Niibori Guitar Ensemble) in continuous 3 nights from May 16 - 18, this year, finished successfully. Contents are splendid and DVD will be made. State of affairs at the concert is described on pages 3 to 4 as photogravure in this issue.

NE is determined to appear on stage as a guest at Guitar Festival sponsored by GFA(Guitar Foundation of America) in Oct. this year. España Cani, well received at NE public performance of this year, scheduled to be also performed.

Guitar Ensembles of Okayama Niibori Guitar Music School appears on stage at Guitar Festival in Spain!
Guitar Ensemble "Cuckoo"of Okayama Niibori Guitar and Guitar Orchestra of residents in Okayama Prefecture will appear on stage at "Festival de Musica Clasica"(opened during July 18-31) held in Spain.

The site is "Caprichos Musicales"de Comillas, and their performance is scheduled at 10:30p.m. on July 22 (Fri.)

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