Yurikago sample

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Shinsaku Kusakawa

Yurikago

a Japanese lullaby arranged by Rika Fujii adapted for mallet quartet by Brian Zator

Yurikago by Shinsaku Kusakawa; arr. Rika Fujii Š 2015 Tapspace Publications, LLC (ASCAP). Portland, OR. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Printed in USA. www.tapspace.com Notice of Liability: Any duplication, adaptation, or arrangement of this composition requires the written consent of the copyright owner. No part of this composition may be photocopied or reproduced in any way without permission. Unauthorized uses are an infringement of the U.S. Copyright Act and are punishable by law.

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Program Notes Yurikago (Cradle) is a Japanese folk song originally written around 1922 by composer Shinsaku Kusakawa and lyricist Hakushu Kitahara. It is a song my mother used to sing to me as a child. The sound of stone (sanukite*) and wood (marimba) is well suited to describe the nostalgic scene of a baby sleeping in its mother’s arms. Although the original song was written in 4/4, I arranged the piece in 3/4 to convey a swinging cradle feeling and kept the orchestration very simple in order to emphasize the warmth and tenderness of the original melody. —Rika Fujii, translated by Haruka Fujii Originally arranged as a marimba/sanukite duet for Rika and her mother, Brian Zator expanded the duo arrangement to a quartet using two marimbas and two vibraphones. The world premiere of the quartet version (at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention) had one of the second vibraphone players using an older, out-of-tune vibraphone in the middle section to closely imitate the sanukite timbre. The original duo performance can be found on: Yamato Uta: Japanese Folk Songs for percussion ensemble (Onken-012) *A “sanukite” is a keyboard instrument made out of sanukite stones found in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan.

Performance Notes Mallet recommendations

• Vibraphone 1: Medium yarn (Innovative Percussion NJZ4)

• Vibraphone 2: Medium-soft yarn (beginning and letter D); hard yarn (letter A) (Innovative Percussion NJZ3 and NJZ6)

• Marimba 1: Graduated set—1) soft; 2) medium-soft; 3) medium-soft; 4) medium (Innovative Percussion 3103, 3104, 3104, 3105)

• Marimba 2: Graduated set—1) extra soft; 2) medium extra-soft; 3) extra soft 4) soft (Innovative Percussion 3101, 3102, 3101, 3103) From A–B

• Vibraphone 1: Play on the nodes. • Vibraphone 2: Play softly to create a light attack sound. This can also play an octave lower on bells with the hard vibraphone mallets.

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• Marimbas keep a consistent tempo and fade out naturally after the vibraphones enter. • Vibraphones should enter at their own tempo, completely separate from the marimbas.

Players and Instrumentation Yurikago requires 4 players with the following instrumentation:

• (2) vibraphones • (1) 4.6-octave marimba (low E) • (1) 5-octave marimba (low C)* *Note: The 5-octave marimba part (Marimba 1) can easily be played on a 4.6-octave (low E) instrument with a couple minor octave substitutions.


Level: Medium Approx. playing time: 4’55”

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