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Postcard from Singapore

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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke

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Subtitle: Suite of Singaporean Folk Songs

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Anglo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $153.00   |   Score Only (print) - $28.00


1. Gelang sipaku gelang - 2:50
2. Di-tanjung katong - 2:25
3. Lenggang Kangkung & Munnaeru Vaalibaa - 3:35


Full Score
C Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This three-movement work is based on traditional children's songs from Singapore. Movement 1 is based on Gelang sipaku gelang, a well-loved folk song that has become associated with the Geylang area -- a song about community spirit and people living together in harmony. The slower second movement utilizes Di-tanjung katong, a song popular with children's choirs. Finally, movement 3 blends two traditional melodies: Lenggang kangkung, which tells of the graceful swaying of watercress in the rice paddy fields; and Munnaeru vaalibaa, a traditional Singaporean song that has become a patriotic anthem.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • score
  • Philip Sparke website Accessed 17 December 2017
  • Sparke, P. (2004). Postcard from Singapore : Suite of Singaporean Folk Songs [score]. Anglo Music: Wembley, England.