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Topic: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), from Nippon Gakufu - arr. Dittrich (1894)

Hello,

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9Ze1gM_01M

Cheers!


KP

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Re: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), from Nippon Gakufu - arr. Dittrich (1894)

Since the only time I have come across this tune is on page 86 of the Faber Adult Piano Book 2, it was cool to hear a more detailed version ( or at least it sounds that way ). as well as with the accompaniment of photos from contemporary Japan.

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Re: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), from Nippon Gakufu - arr. Dittrich (1894)

yeah, I think it's a nice piece.
It's not overly complicated, but it's not the Faber either smile

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Re: Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), from Nippon Gakufu - arr. Dittrich (1894)

Beautiful piece and performance. Thank you.