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Diu-Diu Dang (Locomotive Song)

By Traditional Taiwanese Song

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SATB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional Taiwanese Song. Arranged by Paul SanGregory (桑磊栢). 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Folk, Asian. Score. 11 pages. Published by Distant Engraver Music (S0.365045).

Item Number: S0.365045

This lively and evocative a cappella arrangement was composed for a community choir in Taiwan and was premiered by them. This is that original version, but the song's lyrics have now been spelled out using the English alphabet, not Chinese characters. Short solo parts and some divisi are used in this SATB arrangement. The program note is as follows:

The central image of this song is the steam train that used to travel the rout from Taipei to Ilan, Taiwan. Different meanings of this song's lyrics have been debated, but somebody once told me of possible references to dripping water within the tunnels along the train's rout. Taking these images as my starting point, I begin this arrangement with a perspective from inside one such tunnel. As the train approaches, the mood changes from still and quiet to energetic and active. The train then quickly passes and, as its whistle fades into the distance, the quiet sounds within the tunnel can once again be heard.

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