Takeda Lullaby

From Wind Repertory Project
Benjamen Yeo

Traditional, arranged by Benjamin Yeo

Subtitle: A Japanese Folk Song Setting for Wind Band

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folk song
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $74.00;   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00br />


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells (or Kagura-Suzu)
  • Snare Drum (or Shime-Daiko)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, bamboo

Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Takeda Lullaby (Japanese: 竹田の子守唄 or Takeda no komoriuta) is a popular Japanese cradle song. It originated in Takeda, Fushimi, Kyoto. This song has long been sung among the people in the burakumin areas of Kyoto and Osaka in a slightly different form for a long time. n this lullaby a young girl comforts herself with singing about her miserable situation. One day she was forcibly sent away to work for a rich family at a village across the mountain. Every day as she works with a baby on her back she is reminded of her family, looking at the silhouette of the mountains in the direction of her homeland.

During the 1960s, it was picked up as a theme song by the Buraku Liberation League, particularly its branch at Takeda.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This truly authentic cross-cultural work is a beautiful setting of the famous Japanese folk song Takeda Lullaby (or “Takeda No Komoriuta”). Using (optional) traditional Japanese percussion instruments, this exquisite work has an amazing rhythmic and harmonic touch.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the 2015-16 Wilson Junior High School Band (El Centro, CA) for "Concert of Premieres" 2016" Mr. Mitch Sturman, Director.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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