"Dream of the Cherry Blossoms” by Keiko Abe

"Dream of the Cherry Blossoms” by Keiko Abe


MARIMBA LITERATURE LIBRARY / GRADE 4

 

Performed by Chin-Li Sophia Lo


MALLETS USED IN THESE ETUDES INCLUDE:

Virtuoso Series


Designed for the solo marimba performer, the Virtuoso Series features a rubber core wrapped with a wool blend yarn for an especially warm and full-bodied sound. The 17″ handles are made of birch with a unique slip-resistant finish for excellent feel and enhanced control. A fine choice in ensemble settings as well!


ABOUT THE PIECE

Dream of The Cherry Blossoms is a composition by Keiko Abe based on an improvisation on the themes of the Japanese folksong “Sakura, sakura…” In this marimba solo, the world of fantasy is caught in an expanse of continuously falling cherry blossoms. In the entire piece, the tone E is centrally integrated, and it must always be played (except in the last two measures) in the same tempo. The theme of the folksong is treated several times more or less in fragments and must always be played deliberately and clearly.

 

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