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Potpourri for Chamber Orchestra By Godwin Sadoh
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Potpourri is a chamber work for trombone, flute, oboe, clarinet, and string quartet. The creative process of this music is influenced by Charles Ives’ “Unanswered Question.” The... More > work is constructed on two tonal schemes, diatonicism and atonality. The trombone and the strings are in the diatonic realm, while the woodwinds are atonal. Snippets of some Nigerian popular folk songs are interjected into the strings.< Less
Three Miniatures on Nigerian Folk Songs By Godwin Sadoh
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The Three Miniatures is written for clarinet in B-flat, violin, and flute with piano accompaniment. In this work, the African worldview of the symbolism of the number three is enmeshed in the... More > creative process of the music. From the three pieces to the cascading of tonal centers from C major, to A major, and the last movement in F major. The first movement is based on a popular Yoruba folk song titled, "Olurombi." The second movement in the key of A major is built on a Yoruba Christian song, "Ise Oluwa ko le baje" (The Work of the Lord is indestructible). The last piece, "Iya Ni Wura Iyebiye" (Mother is a priceless jewel), is also a derivation of another popular Yoruba folk song. All the three movements are actually a re-setting of pieces from another major composition of mine titled, Childhood Dreams for Piano Solo.< Less
Tribute to Homeland for Chamber Orchestra By Godwin Sadoh
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Tribute to Homeland for Chamber Orchestra is based on a Yoruba folk song titled, “Mo ri kini kan t'o nfo loferefe” (I see something flying in the sky). Using this song as the basis of... More > this work creates a nostalgia for my home country, Nigeria. Memories of singing the song at Eko Boys' High School Choir in Lagos readily comes to mind. The work is in four main sections. Some of the Africanisms employed in the work are the scintillating dance rhythms, parallel harmony, ostinati, interlocking rhythms, and the juxtaposing of constant and varied rhythmic patterns. The instrumentation includes flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 violins, viola, violin cello, and double bass.< Less
Potpourri for Chamber Orchestra By Godwin Sadoh
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Potpourri is a chamber work for trombone, flute, oboe, clarinet, and string quartet. The creative process of this music is influenced by Charles Ives’ “Unanswered Question.” The... More > work is constructed on two tonal schemes, diatonicism and atonality. The trombone and the strings are in the diatonic realm, while the woodwinds are atonal. Snippets of some Nigerian popular folk songs are interjected into the strings.< Less
Three Miniatures on Nigerian Folk Songs By Godwin Sadoh
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The Three Miniatures is written for clarinet in B-flat, violin, and flute with piano accompaniment. In this work, the African worldview of the symbolism of the number three is enmeshed in the... More > creative process of the music. From the three pieces to the cascading of tonal centers from C major, to A major, and the last movement in F major. The first movement is based on a popular Yoruba folk song titled, "Olurombi." The second movement in the key of A major is built on a Yoruba Christian song, "Ise Oluwa ko le baje" (The Work of the Lord is indestructible). The last piece, "Iya Ni Wura Iyebiye" (Mother is a priceless jewel), is also a derivation of another popular Yoruba folk song. All the three movements are actually a re-setting of pieces from another major composition of mine titled, Childhood Dreams for Piano Solo.< Less
Tribute to Homeland for Chamber Orchestra By Godwin Sadoh
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Tribute to Homeland for Chamber Orchestra is based on a Yoruba folk song titled, “Mo ri kini kan t'o nfo loferefe” (I see something flying in the sky). Using this song as the basis of... More > this work creates a nostalgia for my home country, Nigeria. Memories of singing the song at Eko Boys' High School Choir in Lagos readily comes to mind. The work is in four main sections. Some of the Africanisms employed in the work are the scintillating dance rhythms, parallel harmony, ostinati, interlocking rhythms, and the juxtaposing of constant and varied rhythmic patterns. The instrumentation includes flute, oboe, clarinet in B-flat, bassoon, horn in F, trumpet in C, trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 violins, viola, violin cello, and double bass.< Less
Harmattan Overture for Symphony Orchestra By Godwin Sadoh
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Harmattan Overture is written for full symphony orchestra and a Nigerian traditional instrument, agogo (twin bell). The work was inspired by the main cold season experienced in Nigeria between the... More > months of December and January respectively. The idea was to use musical language to capture the various innuendos that characterize this type of weather. Although, the work tonicizes various keys, the tonality is best described as pandiatonicism--the technique of using the diatonic scale without the limitations of functional tonality. Harmattan Overture is an original work.< Less
Three Pieces for Solo Flute By Godwin Sadoh
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Three Pieces for Solo Flute is a three movement work based on three different 12-tone rows. The work is characterized by wide leaps, frequent changes of dynamics, and diverse rhythmic patterns that... More > move from the most simple to the most complex in the lively third movement.< Less
African Nostalgia for Xylophone By Godwin Sadoh
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African Nostalgia for Xylophone is an original work based on the popular five-tone pentatonic scale (drmsl) commonly found in most African folk songs. The tonal nuances mirror the sound of African... More > xylophone. It is generally characterized by repetition, call-and-response, ostinato, and simplicity.< Less
Five Nigerian Songs for Solo Voice and Piano By Godwin Sadoh
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The five songs in this collection are based on languages spoken among the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria--Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, and English, that is the official national language. "Oluwa... More > Gbo Adura Mi" is a prayer song that appeals to God to answer a specific request. It should be sung with emotion and reverence as if in the presence of the Lord. "Ale Ti Le" enunciates the virtues of a good mother and it is an aria in three distinct sections. "Imela Chinekem" is a song of joy and thanksgiving to God for His goodness and it is an original composition. "Akoi Wata Geri" is based on a popular folk song from the Hausa ethnic group of northern Nigeria. In compliance with the theoretical principles of Nigerian traditional music, the melody of this song is set to mirror the Hausa texts. "They That Wait Upon the Lord" was composed at Ile-Ife, Osun State, in southwest of Nigeria, in 1985. The text is derived from Isaiah 40: 31, but the melodic line of the song and piano accompaniment are original.< Less