Reviewer: Krista M.

Reeder

REPERTOIRE EVALUATION FORM

Title: Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song

Composer / Arranger: Samuel R. Hazo

Publisher: Music Works (Hal Leonard)

Date of Publication: 2005

Price: $85 Band Set & Score; $15 Extra Score

Ensemble Type: Concert Band

Description/Genre: Tone Poem

Duration: 5:30

Difficulty: V. Easy ! Easy ! Mod. ! Diff. ! V. Diff. !

Score: Full Score ! Reduced Score ! / Transposed ! C-Score !

Instrumentation:
Picc ! Fl1 ! Fl2 ! Fl3 ! Alto Fl ! Bass Fl !
Ob1 ! Ob2 ! EHn ! Bsn1 ! Bsn2 ! CBsn !
EbCl! Cl1 ! Cl2 ! Cl 3 ! Alto Cl ! Bass Cl !
EbContraAltoCl ! BbContraBassCl ! ASax1! ASax2 !
TSax ! BarSax ! BassSax !

Cor1 ! Cor2 ! Cor3 ! Trp1 ! Trp2 ! Trp3 !
Hn1 ! Hn2 ! Hn3 ! Hn4 ! Flg1 ! Flg2 !
Tbn1 ! Tbn2 ! Tbn3 ! BTbn ! BarTC ! BarBC !
Euph1 ! Euph2 ! Tuba1 ! Tuba2 ! StBass !

Harp ! Celeste! Glock. ! Xylo ! Mar. ! Vibes !
Piano ! Synth ! Chimes ! Crotales ! Timp ! Bass Dr. !
Snare ! Toms ! CrCym ! SusCym ! Tam ! Tri. !
Ocean Drum ! Tam-Tam ! Taiko !

Unusual Instrumentation/Usage: Percussion

Other Considerations:
Highest Pitch – Trumpet: D6 Highest Pitch – Clarinet: D6

Clarinet Crosses Break?: Yes ! No ! N/A !

Other Range Concerns: F4 in Tbone/Euph F2 in Tuba
F6 in ASax1

Technical Concerns: Style
Playing through the notes & pulling them from thin air

Articulations/Bowings: Some bold brass articulations
Predominantly slur patterns everywhere else

Meter(s): 4/4

Rhythmic Complexities: 32nd scale flourishes in WW & harp
Juxtaposition of “love” and “culture” heartbeats
(BD & Taiko)


Key(s): Pentatonicism - Fm to Gm

Harmonic Concerns: Intonation in exposed and thin-score WW sections

Primary Texture(s): Monody and Polyphony
Despair

Featured Instrument(s)/Solo(s):Flute solo
Harp
WW Chamber ensemble

Compositional Techniques: See addendum
Thematic material - motives - incidental

Form: See addendum

Program Notes:
The words “Only in a woman’s heart can there exist an inner-love and an inner-war simultaneously,” serve as the
basis of this composition. As the Japanese story goes, a woman was given a music box as a child that she kept
through her adulthood. She fell in love with an American, married, and relocated with him to America. As time
went on, she grew homesick. Balancing her love for her homeland and her love for her husband became a constant
battle. This piece is the manifestation of the love and war within her heart.

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Additional Comments:

What is at the “heart” of this piece?
Conflict

I would play this piece with: Advanced High School Band
Honor Band
Collegiate Band

I would recommend this piece: Yes ! No !