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Six Japanese Songs

By John Craton

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Six Japanese Songs composed by John Craton. For Soprano voice solo, piano. Vocal music. A cycle of six atonal songs with English translations of Japanese poems. Avant-garde. Advanced. Sheet music. 16 pages. Duration 16 minutes. Published by Wolfhead Music (WF.WM702).

This cycle utilizes short Japanese texts translated into English. The work is composed in a near avant-garde style that is something of a departure from the composer's more typical English pastoralism. In what might be termed neo-impressionism, these works are almost onomatopoeic, representing a form of 'nature music' which seeks to capture the essence of the haiku - short, fleeting images impressed upon the listener's consciousness.

  • Asuka (Text by: Akahito)  Performed by John Craton
  • Two Butterflies (Text by: Basho)  Performed by John Craton
  • Waiting (Text by: Akazome Emon)  Performed by John Craton
  • Young Frogs (Text by: Buson)  Performed by John Craton
  • Sadness (Text by: Imozeni)  Performed by John Craton

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