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Junichi Steven Sato: Variations on a Japanese Air ("Kojo no Tsuki") for violoncello and piano

ISMN: M-58001-004-9
Price: US$14.95
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Japanese composer Rentaro Taki's immensely popular setting of "Kojo no tsuki" ("Moon over castle ruins") paved the way for Japanese music of the 20th century. These variations on Taki's beautiful melody, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death, intertwine Western styles with imitations of Japanese instruments and sounds. There is also a polythematic variation where Amazing Grace is used as a coexisting theme.


"Beautifully written with very interesting harmonization."

—Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, cellist


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Item number: SM72b
ISMN: M-58001-004-9
Suggested retail price: US$14.95
Instrumentation: Violoncello and piano
Level: Early advanced
Pages: 15 + 7
Size: 9×12"
Release date: 2002
Duration: 10:30

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