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Japanese Hoedown By: Keiko Yamada
Japanese Hoedown by Keiko Yamada


 
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I thought it might be fun to see what it would be like if I wrote a piece with two diverse styles together. So, I ventured to write a piece that combines the American hoedown sensibilities with a Japanese flavored pentatonic melody. This piece is the result. The work begins with fiddle-style accompaniment figures as the introduction. Notice the way the two eighth notes are marked with the second note of the two short, typical of this style. The main pentatonic tune follows with a pizzicato bass line, then repeats, but with more Japanese style pizzicato figures. The second theme is a bit more hoedown-like in structure and harmony and is presented in the celli with a return of the fiddle-style eighth notes. The main theme returns again, this time harmonized and with more plucking in the lower strings. After a return of the intro material and a long ritardando (which should slow down a lot) there is a fun opening for a solos section. An example solo is provided that can be used, or you can open this section

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