Korean Folk Rhapsody

From Wind Repertory Project
James Curnow

Arranged by James Curnow

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: 2:40
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
'Original Medium: Folk Song
Publisher: Jenson Publications, acquired by Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score - $5.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum (snares off)
  • Suspended Cymbal, small and large
  • Tambourine
  • Temple blocks
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind chimes (blown with an electric fan)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The piece is based on the folk song Ahrirang and takes this beautiful tune through several styles. Most of the percussion instruments used are ordinary instruments. However, feel free to substitute when an instrument called for is not available.

-Program Note from score

Arirang is a Korean folk song that is often considered to be the anthem of Korea. There are about 3,600 variations of 60 different versions of the song, all of which include a refrain similar to, "Arirang, arirang, arariyo." It is estimated the song is more than 600 years old.

Arirang is included twice on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. South Korea successfully submitted the song for inclusion on the UNESCO list in 2012. North Korea also successfully submitted the song for inclusion in 2014. In 2015, the South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration added the song to its list of important intangible cultural assets. The song is sung today in both North and South Korea, a symbol of unity in an otherwise divided country, since the Korean war.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • California: D
  • Texas: I. Complete


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  • Arirang, Wikipedia Accessed 29 May 2020
  • Curnow, J. (1988). Korean Folk Rhapsody [score]. Jenson Publications: New Berlin, Wisc.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 166-174.