No.100 Akumaga Nikui / Takao Hirata

Takao HIRATA (1971)

I don't know why but I picked up this song to commemorate the 100th anniversary of my blog.

I like this song best of all the hit song of‘Sellestars' because the duet part in climax sounds beautiful although many people think ‘Hachino musashiwa shindanosa' is the best.

Now that I've come to the No.100th stage here, I'd like to stop my blog temporarily to return back to my production of the past, and amend some if necessary.

But I'll return back again soon to re-start from No.101. I know there are a lot more music for me to challenge.

The picture below is the scene in the Taj Mahal site when I was returning back from the building to the entrance gate.

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No.99 Kibou / Taku Izumi

Taku IZUMI (1968)

This is the song which was sang by Yoko KISHI and got grand prix of the year in 1970. But I like the ‘Four Saints's version sang a little while before this. So I challenged in this version here.

Though I managed to finish it, I'd like to try it again in the near future because I am not always satisfied with my performance this time.

I used to buy the music magazine titled ‘Young Sense' at that time which introduced popular songs with words, score, and chord, and was very popular among the young people of that days.

The picture below is the covering page of this magazine in a special edition which includes the above‘Four Saints's version.

‘Four Saints' is also famous for their other hit-song ‘Chiisana Nikki (a petit diary)' which I want to try someday in the near future.

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No.98 Lindenbaum / F.Chubert

F.Chubert (1797-1828)

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook. I did it by flute for the part of violin, and accompanied it on the piano.

The picture below is the trees in the Teganuma park where KenG enjoys walking with his wife on Saturday every week.

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No.97 Kandagawa / Kosetsu Minami

Kousetsu MINAMI (1973)

1973 is the year when KenG joined the present company. Oneday I invited my colleague to my apartment, and enjoyed practicing this song by guitar together.

This time I re-made it by myself, using two guitars for accompaniment. By attaching capotasto to one guitar on the 5rh fret, I suceeded to created beautiful arpeggio duet of two guitars. How do you like it?

The picture below is the scene commanded from the Fort Agra, in India.

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No.96 Siciliana / Mauro Giuliani

Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

This is the one which used to be on NHK's TV programe as the theme song of classical guitar lesson by Sukenori KYOMOTO.

The picture below is the covering page of the textbook which includes this‘Siciliana'.

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No.95 Poronaise / Charies Dancla

Charles Dancla (1818-1907)

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook. What is Poronaise? I've been talking about it as if I knew what it was. But actually I don't know what it's all about.

Wikipedia says;

The polonaise (Polish: polonez, chodzony; Italian: polacca) is a slow dance of Polish origin, in 3/4 time. Its name is French for "Polish." The notation alla polacca on a score indicates that the piece should be played with the rhythm and character of a polonaise (e.g., the rondo in Beethoven's Triple Concerto op. 56 has this instruction).


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No.94 Menuett / Mozart

W.A.Mozart (1756-1791)

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook.

The picture below is the hotel in Mumbai where ‘Visit Japan Seminar' was held for Indian travel agents.

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No.93 Dance / Hirotsugu Shinozaki

Hirotsugu SHINOZAKI (1902-1966)

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook. Supposed to be edited by Hirotsugu SHINOZAKI, the writer of this textbook as there is no mention of the composer of this song.

The picture below seems to be brother and sister playing in a familiar way on the road in New Delhi.

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第92回 Norway Dance / Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) ?

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook. There is no mention about composer of this song. Judging from the name of this song, is this one of the masterpiece of Edvard Hagerup Grieg?

The picture below is a man and woman quarreling(?) on the road in New Delhi.

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No.91 Merry farmer / R.A.Schumann

R.A.Schumann (1810-1856)

From Shinozaki's Violin Textbook. Normaly this song should be played by piano, but here I addided two flutes on the piano accompaniment. How do you like it?

The picture below is the ordinary Indian people in New Delhi, near the hotel I stayed, one of my favorate pictures I've ever had.

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No.90 Toy Symphony

By Johann Georg Leopold Mozart (1719-1787)

I'm sure this has long been said to be composed by F.J.Haydn. The Shinozaki Violin Textbook published more than 50 years ago says so. I wonder when and why changed to Leopold Mozart, the father of Amadeus Mozart.

I challenged to use such special sounds as bird's talk, toy trumpet, machingun, etc., for the first time which is pre-installed in my machine. I'm satisfied with its effect.

The picture below is an Indian old man with white mustachios and beard, riding on a bicycle in Mumbai. The expression of his face is quie typical of the Sikh, and I am very much interested in it.

The man of turban on the head is said to be a man of Sikhism. Normaly Sikh men are said to be diligent in their work, and as a result, they are very rich although most of them don't look like rich, working, for example, as a doormen in hotels all over the world.

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No.89 Menuett Bach

By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

From Shinozaki Violin Textbook. Many young people of today know this song as ‘Lover's Concert' which is deformed into popular music with 4/4 beats.

By the way some people say that this was composed by Christian Betholt, not by J.S.Bach.

I performed main melody and obbligato by flute as usual, with accompaniment by piano.
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No.88 Russian Dance

By Hirotsugu Shinozaki?(1902〜1966)

There is no mention of the name of the composer of this song in Shinozaki Violin Textbook. Instead, it says it was arranged by H.Shinozaki, the writer of this text book. It may be Russian Dance music of long time ago.

With some kind of ‘sing a round' style, this song is easy to remember once you listen.

By the way, I picked up many songs in this Hall No. 9 from Shinozaki Violin Textbook, so I'd like to introduce the covering page of this book as below.

Of course I lost this textbook I had in my childfood about fifty years ago, but I happend to find out the same one in Ginza Yamaha nearly twenty years ago. The color and the design are the same as the original one, so I bouht it without hesitation.

This textbook is already very old now with the colors faded away, but it is very precious book for me. Is it available to buy one in the music shop still now?

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No.87 Amaryllis

By Henry Ghys (1801〜1848)

Very famous song even for the young children in the world. Shinozaki Violin Textbook introduces this song as the exercise song of pizzicato.
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No.86 Surprise Symphony

By Franz Joseph Haydn(1732〜1809)

This song is said to be composed for the purpose of surprising the audience when they start to sleep in the middle of the concert. Is that true?

At least I cannot find out such arrangement in the Shinozaki Violin Textbook.

The picture below is a a barber's shop on the road in Mumbai. A very peaceful scene.

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No.85 Gavott Bach

By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

From Shinozaki Violin Textbook. I persormed this with flute for main melody and obbligato as usual with accompaniment by piano.

I don't know whether the tempo is suitable or not because I've never listened to this song being performed by other people before.
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No.84 Humoreske

By Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841〜1904)

When I was in elementary school, and we wewre listening to the teacher's preach, this song was on air as a back ground music for lunch time. I didn't pay attention to his preach at all because I was so much intoxicated by this music. Noticing my condition, the teacher scolded me in the presence of others.

It was few weeks later when I knew the title of this song ‘Humoreske' and it's meaning. Recalling this memory I challanged to this song by MIDI.

Surely the part of the main melody and obbligato should be performed by violin, but I performed them by flute as usual.

The following is the concert performed by Itzhak Perlman, and Yo Yo Ma which I modeld after.

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No.83 Jidai

By Miyuki NAKAJIMA (1975)

This is the song which won the grand prix in popular song contest suponsored by YAMAHA Company in 1975. I recreated it by piano alough the original performance was done by guitar.

There are many songs composed by her which I'd like to try by MIDI some day. ‘Hitori Jozu',etc.,......
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No.82 Fantasie Impromptu

By Frédéric François Chopin(1810 〜 1849)

Even a person who had never had a piano lesson nor touched piano before like KenG could enjoy performing Chopin's music like this by MIDI. It's really a musical revolution in a sense.

Of course it's a troublesome task to convert every musical note into computer data one by one, but once you do it, you can save it, and amend, doform, delete, copy and paste as you like at any time. Once you get involved in it you'll never get rid of it.

I performed it with a little bit slower tempo than usual because I think it's suitable to make it sound more beautifully.

The picture below is an Indian man selling Indian tea on the road.

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No.81 Ihoujin

By Saki KUBOTA (1979)

I am attracted by the middle eastern atmosphere of the introduction and interlude of this song. I followed the original piano version exactly, adding some strings and bass.

The picture below is the street near marcket in Mumbai. It was early in the morning and not so many people were walking on the road yet.

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