Sakura Variations

Concert Band

Sakura Variations

A Japanese Impression

Composer:
Genre:
Concert Piece
Grade Level:
Mittelstufe
Performance time:
00:03:00
Series:
RUNDEL Basic Sound
Publisher:
Rundel
Size:
DIN A4
Info:
Full Score + Condensed Score + Parts
Order Number:
MVSR2588
Release Date:
2010

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The blooming of the cherry trees each spring is a great event in Japan. In the evening friends meet under the pink and white cherry blossoms for a picnic. It is a striking sight, especially in big cities. Vendors sell Japanese food, entertainers and clowns perform, and the typically cautious Japanese seem to be more relaxed during the cherry blossom, or “Sakura”. Kees Vlak captured this atmosphere with his “Sakura Variation”; its theme employs a subtle drum rhythm. The first variation is titled “clowns” and opens with three bass drum strikes. The theme appears in 3/4 time and is repeated several times with surprising changes. An impetuous tempo with dissonant elements suggests a clown’s mischievous behaviour. The second variation in a minor mode sounds very sad and dramatic. Is this the sadness when thinking of the end of the cherry blossom, as all the petals “snow” down from the trees? The cherry trees will bloom again next year, so the finale celebrates a joyful “Sakura”.


BASIC SOUND
From S to XXL – Music for any band instrumentation

"Basic Sound" is a series by RUNDEL Music Publications offering an attractive and diversified repertoire to bands at grade 2 or 3 level, of sizes S to XXL. "Basic Sound" allows for performances by groups with limited instrumentation. Minimun requirements are clearly bracketed in the score.
The smallest size (S) of "Basic Sound" is based on the following instruments:
one (1) flute, two (2) clarinets, one (1) alto-saxophone, two (2) trumpets, one (1) trombone, one (1) baritone/euphonium, one (1) tuba and percussion.
Each edition also includes a full set of parts (XXL). That way the conductor can adjust the pieces of the "Basic Sound" series to his band's instrumentation.

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