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Ode to Number 14

By Mihoko Suzuki

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A piece for piano 4 hands, commissioned and premiered last year by the piano duo SaNaToMa in Alberta, Canada. Mihoko wrote this piece in a form of “dedication” to her upper maxillary first molar (#14) which put her through a harrowing year-long treatment. The piece was featured in The NYFA Collection CD last year, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Artists’Fellowship Program. This recording includes recitation of a Japanese poem by Kenji Miyazawa “Ame nimo makezu” (Be Not Defeated by the Rain).