Yuhi no Mimi
(夕日の耳; Yūhi no Mimi) is a chamber opera
by Swiss composer and guitarist Walther Giger
(1952- ), based on a Japanese poem
written by Katsuichiro Kaizu
The work is scored for soprano, baritone, violin, guitar and doublebass.
The male narrator recounts a scene from a war (presumably World War II
) where a friend of his is lost at sea. He dives in to look for his body in order to give it a proper burial, but all he finds is a seashell. Later, he meets his friend's widow, a woman who has been deaf since childhood. He gives her the seashell, and when she holds it to her ear during sunset, she can hear her lover's voice and is able to speak again.
There is a recording with Maria Glarner (soprano), Shigeo Ishino (baritone), Noriko Kawamura (violin), Walther Giger (guitar), and Fumio Shirato (doublebass) Jecklin JS 315-2.