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Mongolian Folk Songs
By John Craton

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Chamber ensemble Viola, piano - Advanced
Composed by John Craton. Chamber music. Six fantasias for viola and orchestra based on traditional Mongolian folk songs, arranged for viola and piano. Contemporary. Score and part. Duration 22 minutes. Wolfhead Music #WM401. Published by Wolfhead Music (WF.WM401).

Item Number: WF.WM401

A set of six fantasias based on Mongolian folk songs, originally for viola and orchestra. The viola was chosen as the solo instrument as it most closely approximates the range and timbre of the Mongolian morin-khuur. While stylistically Western, the music evokes the characteristic flavor of Mongolian folk songs of Central Asia. The movements are based on the songs "Mandakh naran" (Rising Sun), "Jiji hot" (Jiji Town), "Banchen sum" (Banchen Temple), "Temujin," "Horgoi torgon deel" (The Brocaded Silk Deel), and "Uglee shaazgai" (Garrulous Magpie). In the final movement the viola at times mimics the famed khuumi technique of Mongolian throat-singing. The work was composed for and dedicated to German violist Jurgen von Hagen. This version is with piano reduction.

  • Mandakh naran (ÒRising SunÓ)  Performed by John Craton
  • Jiji hot (ÒJiji TownÓ)  Performed by John Craton
  • Temujin  Performed by John Craton
  • Horgoi torgon deel (ÒThe Brocaded Silk DeelÓ)  Performed by John Craton
  • Uglee shaazgai (ÒGarrulous MagpieÓ)  Performed by John Craton
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