A number of musical memorials--notably the one by Krzysztok Penderecki--commemorate the devastation following the dropping of the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima 46 years ago.
To this list of works one can certainly add Tomiko Kojiba's "Hiroshima Requiem" (1979), which received its local premiere at the hands of Masatoshi Mitsumoto and the Concordia Orchestra Saturday night at the Japan America Theatre.
Like Penderecki, Kojiba--a Hiroshima native--was only 27 when she wrote her memorial, and she too uses a string ensemble to moving effect.
The opening is the most striking portion of the work, a steady crescendo of quietly anguished strings that ultimately explodes into a brief episode of free-form frenzy. While one would like to hear a great string section tackle this 10-minute threnody someday, the Concordia group was able to convey adequately its emotional thrust.