Karahi is a suite for twelve violins (a duodectet, as google informs me) and three voices written for Flora Curzon, who is awesome both generally and in terms of her violin skills. It contains texts from Ming Holden and an anonymous 13th Century Japanese poet, translated by Robert Bower and Earl Miner.

I was listening to a lot of Morin Khuur music while writing this, I love the hugeness and the width the instrument creates with just two strings. Honestly, it’s the only instrument in the world that makes the cello sound a bit fey. Click on the link if you don’t believe me. And if you do. And they’re not tied to local music, Astor Piazzola’s Oblivian played by the Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble is well worth a look. In any case, Karahi’s form is ABCD…|…DCBA, with the middle point coming at 6:37

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