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Fantasy on a Japanese Folksong

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Samuel Hazo

Samuel Hazo

General Info

Year: 1997, rev. 2005
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts - $85.00    |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contralto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Ocean Drum
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


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Program Notes

Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song tells the story of a Japanese girl who is given a music box by her mother and father when she is just a child. This music box played the Japanese doyo (child's song) "Sunayama". As a young girl, this music box always provided a sense of comfort and solace during her trying times. When she becomes an adult, she falls in love with an American and faces the choice of staying in her Japanese village, or marrying and going back to America with him. She is so much in love with him, that she chooses to leave. However, she later realizes the need to feel close to her culture, and part of her always wonders if there was a life for her in her native Japan. As time goes by, this sense of conflict, which was more easily suppressed in the beginning, surfaces with more intensity; proving that only in a woman's heart can there exist an inner-love and an inner-war simultaneously. Balancing her love for her husband with her love for the culture she left behind gives way to painful episodes. During these moments, her only method of coping with her circumstance is to lock herself away, open the music box give to her as a child, and at the sound of the very first note, to cry.

Program Note by Samuel R. Hazo

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