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Japanese Hoedown composed by Keiko Yamada. For string orchestra. Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series. Grade 2-2.5. Score and parts. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.YAS112).
Keiko Yamada combines elements of her Japanese heritage and folk music with the music of the American hoedown, and the result is a party! The main tune is pentatonic, but the background parts are pure hoedown. Japanese Hoedown sounds cool and different, but familiar at the same time. There is even an open section for improvisation that can be played using a D pentatonic scale, and an example solo is provided as well.
About Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series
This series of Grade 2/Grade 2.5 pieces is designed for second and third year ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:ulliOccasionally extending to third position/liliKeys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty/liliAddition of separate 2nd violin and viola parts/liliViola T.C. part included/liliIncrease in independence of parts over beginning levels/li/ul/p/div