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Letter from Sado

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Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw


General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: American Composers Forum
Cost: Unknown


Instrumentation

TEAM YELLOW

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet

TEAM ORANGE

  • Flute
  • B-flat clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone

TEAM RED

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Trumpet

TEAM TEAL

  • B-flat clarinet (optional)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Bassoon
  • Trombone

TEAM GREEN

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

TEAM BLUE

  • Bass Clarinet
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Euphonium or trombone
  • Tuba
  • Keyboard (optional)

TEAM WHITE

  • Glockenspiel
  • Tubular Bells
  • Ocean Drum
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal

TEAM BLACK

  • Homemade PVC Drum or
  • Snare Drum (snares off) or
  • Medium Tom-tom
  • Homemake Taiko Tire Drum or
  • Low Tom-tom


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Letter from Sado is based on a Japanese haiku of the same name. Sado refers to Sado Island in Japan in which various artists, religious and military leaders were sent in exile many years ago. The island has historically had a strong community of taiko drummers, and as such the piece incorporates optional homemade taiko drums. In this work, the students are invited to become decision makers during aleatoric sections at the beginning and ending of the piece. For example, the opening and closing sections of the piece use the same material, which is a selection of repeated melodic figures. The students themselves decide how to play these figures as individuals, in small teams and then as a whole band, based partly upon the haiku that this work is inspired from.

In-between the aleatoric sections, there is an elaborate, heavily textured section that becomes increasingly powerful. The music doesn’t rest harmonically until the whole band plays in unison. These multiple layers of sound represent the many thoughts and ideas that would have surrounded those individuals sent to Sado Island in exile, and the final unison is representative of their own breakthrough experience sending them on a pathway to inner peace and acceptance.

- Program Note by Jeff Girard, Midwest Sheet Music


Commercial Discography

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Media


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