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THREE DANCES FOR PIANO - Sadoh By Godwin Sadoh
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The first 2 pieces in 3 Dances for Piano were composed on Nov. 11, 2001. These pieces were inspired by Nigerian socio-cultural ideations. The first movement Atilogwu Dance is reminiscent of the... More > music played for the performances of the Atilogwu Dancers among the Igbo of southeast Nigeria. The piece is built upon interplay of duple and triple meters. The Beggar’s Chant is a recreation of songs often performed by blind beggars as they plead for coins on the streets of Lagos where I was born and raised. The famous African call-and-response technique permeates the entire piece between the left hand and right hand. Yungbayungba was composed on December 14, 1994. It was submitted as a term paper project for the graduate seminar in Creative Ethnomusicology, at the University of Pittsburgh. It is an original work built on the rhythmic patterns introduced in the first two measures of the piece. The middle section is an ostinato passage. The piece is exclusively based on pentatonic scale: C, D, E, G, and A.< Less
Five African Dances By Godwin Sadoh
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The 5 African Dances was composed between June 11 and 23, 2007, in Memphis, Tennessee. It is a collection of 5 pieces based on distinct Nigerian folk melodies and traditional rhythmic patterns, with... More > the exception of “Tribute to Highlife,” “Ijo Faaji,” and “Palongo,” which are original in conception and realization. African music could be conceptualize from various parameters: dance, communication, social, political, economical, ritual, utilitarian, organology, melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, theoretical framework, creative and performance procedures, religious, and linguistic perspectives. The 5 African Dances celebrate and demonstrate significant aspects of African music through the use of tuneful melodies, repetitions, simplicity, call-and-response technique, harmonic organization, scale system, traditional creative procedures and irresistible dance rhythms. In addition, this work is a true summation of intercultural creativity–the amalgamation of Western idioms with African idioms.< Less
Nigerian Organ Symphony By Godwin Sadoh
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The Nigerian Organ Symphony was composed between November 30 and December 3, 2007, at Talladega, Alabama State. The music is influenced by the compositional techniques of nineteenth century French... More > organ symphonies, in particular, Louis Vierne and Charles-Marie Widor’s works. Even though the character, style, and registrations of the five movements of this work is influenced by French music, the Nigerian Organ Symphony is infused with distinct African music creative and performance procedures such as scales, ostinati, call-and-response, interlocking rhythms, dance nuances, folk melodies, bell patterns, drum patterns, foot stamping and hand clapping rhythms. The five pieces are suitable for various occasions within the church calendar, such as preludes and postludes, processions, weddings, concerts, communion, as well as other contemplative aspects of services in the church. Godwin Sadoh< Less
Childhood Dreams By Godwin Sadoh
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Enjoy these miniatures for piano by Nigerian composer Godwin Sadoh
Moonlight Dances By Godwin Sadoh
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The two pieces in Moonlight Dances were composed in 1990 and 1993 respectively. The sources of my inspiration are folktale stories in Nigeria. It is a common practice in Nigeria to assemble... More > children in the evening and tell stories about important legends in the culture, histories of towns and places. The stories are often accompanied with folk songs. The radiance of the moonlight always gives a piquant effect to the serene environment. The title of this work is derived from the society where such stories and singing take place.< Less
3 Sketches on Atonality By Godwin Sadoh
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3 short atonal piano pieces by Godwin Sadoh. Suitable for beginners or young pianists
Memoirs of Childhood By Godwin Sadoh
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Memoirs of Childhood was composed in Nigeria in 1993. I was motivated to write the music for three reasons. First, Nigerian art music composers have written some interesting pieces for piano;... More > however, these pieces are far too advanced to arouse the interest in children and adult pianists. Thus, I decided to compose simpler pieces in an African style to introduce children and adults to playing these complex works. Second, Memoirs of Childhood represents my articulation of some of the theories on African pianism. By African pianism we mean an African piano style created by modern African composers. Third, in Memoirs of Childhood, I intend to capture some of the various socio-cultural and religious experiences that surround children as they grow up in Nigeria.< Less
THREE DANCES FOR PIANO - Sadoh By Godwin Sadoh
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The first 2 pieces in 3 Dances for Piano were composed on Nov. 11, 2001. These pieces were inspired by Nigerian socio-cultural ideations. The first movement Atilogwu Dance is reminiscent of the... More > music played for the performances of the Atilogwu Dancers among the Igbo of southeast Nigeria. The piece is built upon interplay of duple and triple meters. The Beggar’s Chant is a recreation of songs often performed by blind beggars as they plead for coins on the streets of Lagos where I was born and raised. The famous African call-and-response technique permeates the entire piece between the left hand and right hand. Yungbayungba was composed on December 14, 1994. It was submitted as a term paper project for the graduate seminar in Creative Ethnomusicology, at the University of Pittsburgh. It is an original work built on the rhythmic patterns introduced in the first two measures of the piece. The middle section is an ostinato passage. The piece is exclusively based on pentatonic scale: C, D, E, G, and A.< Less