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Richard Whalley

Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom
Richard Whalley Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom

for voice and piano

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Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom (download)
Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom (treble clef voice part)
Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom (baritone voice part)

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Two versions available - one with bass clef baritone part and one with treble clef vocal part. Both are included in the download.

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) was one of Japan’s most important haiku poets. Though he lived a life full of tragedy, he found solace in nature and was known for a sympathetic attitude towards small creatures; this comes out very strongly in his poetry.

As a composer I find these beautifully poignant ‘snapshots’ of life by Issa so powerful, offering through minimal means insights that tell us an inestimable amount about humanity and the world we live in. What better justification for why, as human beings, we need art? These modest songs aspire to the status of the frog in the following: Yase gaeru makeru na Issa koko ni ari.

You skinny frog, you
don’t be beaten, don’t give up!
Here stands Issa by you.

Additional Information

ISMN 9790570682331
Composer Richard Whalley
Year of Composition 2004
Instrumentation Piano, Voice
Duration 9
Student Difficulty Intermediate - Advanced

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