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Funa-Uta

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Yasuhide Ito

Yasuhide Ito


Subtitle: Boat Song


General Info

Year: 1993 / 1999
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubles Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bin-zasara (a bundle of pieces of wood)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hyoushigi (two wooden blocks tied together)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Funa-Uta, a kind of Barcarole, is based on two folk songs from the Setonaikai (the Inland Sea) area in the western part of Japan. This is a contemporary treatment of two Japanese folk songs in a challenging three-part form. It opens in the style of John Adams while the folk material undergoes full development. The work is beautifully orchestrated to make the ensemble sound rich, as well as clear. It is a true fusion of Japanese and contemporary Western musical elements and a good way to introduce students and audiences alike to an ancient sound world. While challenging, it is yet able to capture a respect for both traditions without sounding trite.

The form is A-B-A. In the A section, a folk song from Kagawa Prefecture Kompira Fune-fune is used, and in the B section, a folk song from Hiroshima Prefecture Ondo no Funa-uta is used. The form is simple, yet the composer writes a ten-voice canon in the A section, and uses polyrhythm in the B section. Japanese atmosphere is abundant, and Ito's skillful orchestration in the impromptu section played by four wind players stands out.

Commissioned by the Kure Band of Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


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