De Haske Music

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To hear a recording of this piece, please visit the Hal Leonard MGB Concert Band page at Based on the traditional Japanese tune Suiryo-Bushi, Reflections on an Old Japanese Folk Song opens with two contrasting statements of the melody - first sparsely presented by the woodwinds and then in a harmonized version played by the full band. This is followed by a lively section based on pentatonic melodies that characterize the folk tune. The following slower variation first centers around a plaintive English horn melody made up of sections of the original tune, and later presents the opening phrases of Suiryo-Bushi against an intensely florid accompaniment. The final section is in the form of a scherzo that eventually forms the accompaniment to a final presentation of the folk tune. Dur: 8:30
De Haske Music Reflections on an Old Japanese Folk Song Concert Band Level 5 Composed by Philip Sparke