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Today's Pick Up : A Toy Story / Charles Villiers Stanford (arr. Kouichirou Oguni) [Clarinet Trio]

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I will be introducing some Golden Hearts Publications piece per week.

Please give me a few moments of your time!

Here's today's piece.

A Toy Story / Charles Villiers Stanford (arr. Kouichirou Oguni) [Clarinet Trio]

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Program notes :

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852~1924) was a composer who was born in Ireland. He was also a music teacher and a conductor. Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams were his students.
He composed about 200 works, including 7 Symphonies. However, he didn’t publish his works which he had composed at his earlier life. In addition, in 20th century, his students and Edward Elgar were getting more popular than him.

Now, works by Stanford are seldom performed, but it’ll be worth thinking that thanks to those composers and their works, we can enjoy the present music.

Remarks on play:
*I listened to this work, “A Toy Story”, by chance, and I researched the original story and background of this work, but finally, I couldn’t find any information. On playing this work, I would like you to imagine your original story.
*Except Ossia (small notes), you can play 1 octave lower for high notes.

(Kouichirou Oguni)

It seems that there is a tendency to "not listen to a composer because I don't know him / her" or "not play his / her music because I don't know him / her".

We tend to think in terms of "who", such as "who says" or "who writes", but if we narrow it down to, for example, "famous band composers in Japan", we are limited to a very narrow range of musicality. I would like you to remove such "labels in your mind" and use your curiosity to "I don't know who this is, what kind of music is it?"

After listening to a piece by someone you don't know, you will find another composer whose music you have heard before. I believe that through repetition of this process, you will be able to expand your own world.

As mentioned above, Kouichirou Oguni often provides me with arrangements that shed light on composers and pieces that are "rarely performed" today.

I am sure that your world will be broadened, so please try to play this piece as well.

I look forward to receiving your order!

Shuhei Umemoto
Golden Hearts Publications Global Store