About this Piece
About the piece: In Japanese culture, legend tells that if you make a wish and fold 1000 paper cranes your wish will be granted. This legend is what inspired the piece titled: Senbazuru (Sen Ba Tsu Ru).
The piece brings you through the process of this legend. The opening statement is declaring a wish. From there the piece moves to a simple melody and eventually to an improvisational section. During the improvisational sections (there are two, one for percussion and one for winds) performers are given the opportunity to select the motifs they will play and interchange between, while soloists are performing over top of them. It is important that during this time, soloists are playing in their upper register, in order to soar above the group, like a crane would.
As students transition back to the structured music we begin to hear the melody and taiko drums re-enter and take us back to the point of finishing our cranes. The ending of the piece, the melody is augmented and found in two inner voices for the creation of the feeling of soaring, so that our wish, that we first spoke can be carried away on the wings of a crane and granted.
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