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Japanese Folk Song Suite

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Bin Kaneda

Bin Kaneda

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 8:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Shawnee Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


1. Where are you from?
2. Lullaby
3. An ancient priest in a mountain temple


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells (or Glockenspiel)
  • Bongos
  • Gong
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Jaoanese Folk Song Suite consists of three songs for children -- warabe-eta -- from old Japan. The first movement is based on a tune Where are you from? -- Antagata-Dokosa -- which is a simple, lively tune that often accompanies the children's game of bouncing a handball. The movement is played by brass and percussion sections.

The second movement is based on perhaps the best known lullaby in Japan, Komori-Uta, expressing the joys and sorrows of child care and is played by the woodwind instruments and percussion.

The third movement is based on the tune An Ancient Priest in a Mountain Temple-- Yamadera-no-Oshosan -- and is also a song that children sing while bouncing a ball. Combining the instruments used in the first and second movements, it is played by all the instruments. The words to this song are humorous.

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Kaneda, B. [1974]. Japanese Folk Song Suite, Warabe Uta [score]. Shawnee Press: Delaware Water Gap, Penn.