Funa-Uta for Band

Grade : 5
Duration : 7:45
$100.00
ORMS-82006

Commissioned by the Kure Band of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

Funa-Uta, a kind of Barcarole, is based on two folk songs from the Setonaikai (the Inland Sea) area in the western part of Japan. The form is A-B-A. In the A section, a folk song from Kagawa Prefecture Kompira Fune-fune is used, and in the B section, a folk song from Hiroshima Prefecture Ondo no Funa-uta is used. The form is simple, yet the composer writes a ten voice Canon in the A section, and uses polyrhythm in the B section. Japanese atmosphere is abundant, and Ito's skillful orchestration in the Impromptu section played by four wind players stands out.

A contemporary treatment of two Japanese folk songs in a challenging three-part form. Opens in the style of John Adams while the folk material undergoes full development. Beautifully orchestrated to make the ensemble sound rich, as well as clear. A true fusion of Japanese and contemporary Western musical elements and a good way to introduce students and audiences alike to an ancient sound world. Challenging, yet able to capture a respect for both traditions without sounding trite.

Flute1&2
Flute3(Picc.)
Ob.1&2
Bassoon1&2
Eb Cl.
Bb Cl.1,2&3(3Players)
B.Cl.
A.Sax1&2
T.Sax.
B.Sax.
Hrn.1,2,3&4
Trp.1,2&3
Trb.1,2,&3
Euph.
Tubas
St.Bass
Timpani
Perccusion1
Cymbals
Bass Drum
Tam-Tam
3 Toms
Sus.Cym.
Bin-zasara(a bundle of pieces of wood,Japanese instrument)

Perccusion2
Chimes
Glock.
S.Bell
Tam-Tam
Hyoushigi
Sus.Cym.
 
Perccusion3
Xylo.
Vib.
Hyoushigi


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