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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
Nigerian Wedding Dance for Organ Solo By Godwin Sadoh
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The Nigerian Wedding Dance was originally composed for brass quintet and later reduced for piano solo. In this piece, a re-setting of the same tune for organ solo. The principal theme of the... More > Wedding Dance is borrowed from a popular Yoruba wedding song titled, "Awa l'egbe oniyawo" (We are the members of the bride's group). The piece is characterized by scintillating dance rhythms to compel the performer and listeners to dance. The stylistic and harmonic organization reminisce that of a popular West African dance band music called "Highlife." Similar to most African traditional music, the Wedding Dance consists of simplicity and repetition. This piece is most appropriate for the recession of the newly-wedded couple from the church sanctuary.< 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
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
Nigerian Wedding Dance for Organ Solo By Godwin Sadoh
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The Nigerian Wedding Dance was originally composed for brass quintet and later reduced for piano solo. In this piece, a re-setting of the same tune for organ solo. The principal theme of the... More > Wedding Dance is borrowed from a popular Yoruba wedding song titled, "Awa l'egbe oniyawo" (We are the members of the bride's group). The piece is characterized by scintillating dance rhythms to compel the performer and listeners to dance. The stylistic and harmonic organization reminisce that of a popular West African dance band music called "Highlife." Similar to most African traditional music, the Wedding Dance consists of simplicity and repetition. This piece is most appropriate for the recession of the newly-wedded couple from the church sanctuary.< 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
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
Harmattan Overture for Symphony Orchestra By Dr. 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
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
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