The Legend of Kakita Itsuma

Blue Bells and Golden Chrysanthemum
Originally performed in the gardens of the legendary Tsuma Dojo, this song was inspired by a violent skirmish which was the product of the destruction of a patch of freshly budded chrysanthemums. Though the song is played in a pleasant tempo, it resonates with a slow sadness as the cadence lessens towards the songs end, leaving the listener with a somber reflection as the final note fades out.

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A Blade of Flowers
In an effort to diffuse a tense situation in the Lord’s court of Tsuma, Itsuma played an immaculate version of the classic Crane song thought to have been written by Kakita, himself. The first few measures of the song are soft and melodious, with a steady build up that hits its peak with a frenetic crescendo, imitating, it is said, the focus and precision of an Iaijitsu duel.

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Onagawa Sunset
Originally conceived to be an ode to Matsu Akira and his “sacrifice” at Onagawa, Itsuma changed the meter and the mood of the piece to instead attempt to capture the overall essence of the mortal man’s struggles against the ever-shifting winds of fortune. The piece’s melody seems very discordant when read on paper, as there are conflicting chords which clash off key, but if quick and delicate enough fingers strum in perfect harmony, the chords come together in a truly unique sound. The varying tempos of the separate chords makes this a difficult song to play, but it is a hauntingly beautiful piece if played properly.

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The Legend of Kakita Itsuma

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