Topic: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), from Nippon Gakufu - arr. Dittrich (1894)
I'm playing here a traditional Japanese song in the piano version arranged by Rudolf Dittrich.
There are other more modern versions around Youtube but I've never managed to find this one, which I believe keeps more intact the Eastern sound.
I'm taking quite a lot of liberty as regards to the tempo. The original version is faster, but I believe a slower pace, especially in certain sections (like the beginning) gives the music a more solemn feel.
I'm also using an old J. Schantz model in Pianoteq instead of the D4 I normally use, as I believe it sounds even more oriental with this string-y timbre, closer to an harpsichord, or, why not, a Japanese instrument like the Koto.
Please let me know what you think about it.