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Fisherman Song for Flute and Organ By Godwin Sadoh
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The Fisherman Song was composed on May 27, 2016, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. The creative process of this piece was informed by a fictional folk story created by the composer,... More > in which a fisherman uses his flute to catch fish. Each time the man goes to the river for fishing, he would start his expedition by playing tuneful melodies on his musical instrument. As soon as the fish hears the sound of the flute, they all rush to the surface of the river to fully enjoy the sonorous melodies emitting from the wind instrument. Once the fisherman spots a large amount of the sea creatures assembled, he would swiftly spread out his net to entrap the school of fish. He goes home smiling with a bountiful harvest for his family, friends, neighbors and for sale at the local village market. In terms of tonal organization, the flute melody and pedal accompaniment are affixed to the hexatonic scale of six pitches (drmfsl), as exemplified in some traditional African music genres.< Less
Fisherman Song For Flute and Organ By Godwin Sadoh
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The Fisherman Song was composed on May 27, 2016, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria. The creative process of this piece was informed by a fictional folk story created by the composer,... More > in which a fisherman uses his flute to catch fish. Each time the man goes to the river for fishing, he would start his expedition by playing tuneful melodies on his musical instrument. As soon as the fish hears the sound of the flute, they all rush to the surface of the river to fully enjoy the sonorous melodies emitting from the wind instrument. Once the fisherman spots a large amount of the sea creatures assembled, he would swiftly spread out his net to entrap the school of fish. He goes home smiling with a bountiful harvest for his family, friends, neighbors and for sale at the local village market. In terms of tonal organization, the flute melody and pedal accompaniment are affixed to the hexatonic scale of six pitches (drmfsl), as exemplified in some traditional African music genres.< Less
Sonic Conversation for Two Violins and Organ By Godwin Sadoh
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The Sonic Conversation for two violins and organ was composed on June 12, 2016, in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is an original composition with the exception of mm. 141 to 163... More > that is infused with a Yoruba traditional song, "Omo to mo 'ya re l'oju, osi ni o t'omo na pa" (The child that eyed or disrespect his/her mother, shall end up living a miserable life). It is a sectional work demarcated by a principal theme that appears first in violin II at the beginning of the piece. This composition is characterized by various Nigerian traditional music creative procedures such as repetition, ostinato patterns, harmonic and rhythmic organizations, and imitative techniques. Its tonality is fixated on one of the African traditional music pitch collections, the hexatonic scale of six tones.< Less
Sonic Conversation for Two Violins and Organ By Godwin Sadoh
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The Sonic Conversation for two violins and organ was composed on June 12, 2016, in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is an original composition with the exception of mm. 141 to 163... More > that is infused with a Yoruba traditional song, "Omo to mo 'ya re l'oju, osi ni o t'omo na pa" (The child that eyed or disrespect his/her mother, shall end up living a miserable life). It is a sectional work demarcated by a principal theme that appears first in violin II at the beginning of the piece. This composition is characterized by various Nigerian traditional music creative procedures such as repetition, ostinato patterns, harmonic and rhythmic organizations, and imitative techniques. Its tonality is fixated on one of the African traditional music pitch collections, the hexatonic scale of six tones.< Less
FRANCO-AFRICAN TRIPTYCH for ORGAN SOLO By Godwin Sadoh
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This three-movement work exemplifies the attributes of a modern intercultural music through the juxtaposition of musical ideations from the African and French cultures. The first piece, Bata T'o Njo... More > (The Dancing Shoes) is set for the pedals only. It is infused with scintillating rhythmic patterns to move the performer and audience to dance. The organist should play the music percussively imitating the playing of African drums. The second movement, Priere, is built on a Zulu song from South Africa, Nkosi Sikele 'i Africa (Prayer for Africa). The last piece, Fantasia Africana, is a very lively piece that uses all the resources of the organ. It is an original composition based on a 'five-note motivic cell' that is derived from the composer's first and last name, Jean Florentz. The music closes using all the resources of the organ with fff.< Less
Franco-African Triptych for Organ Solo By Godwin Sadoh
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This three-movement work exemplifies the attributes of a modern intercultural music through the juxtaposition of musical ideations from the African and French cultures. The first piece, Bata T'o Njo... More > (The Dancing Shoes) is set for the pedals only. It is infused with scintillating rhythmic patterns to move the performer and audience to dance. The organist should play the music percussively imitating the playing of African drums. The second movement, Priere, is built on a Zulu song from South Africa, Nkosi Sikele 'i Africa (Prayer for Africa). The last piece, Fantasia Africana, is a very lively piece that uses all the resources of the organ. It is an original composition based on a 'five-note motivic cell' that is derived from the composer's first and last name, Jean Florentz. The music closes using all the resources of the organ with fff.< Less
The Centenary of The Cathedral Church of Christ Choir, Lagos By Godwin Sadoh Bestselling Author on Amazon
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The Cathedral Church of Christ Choir, Lagos, is the oldest choral group in Nigeria nestled within the premier Anglican Cathedral in the country. This book is divided into 18 chapters narrating the... More > taxonomical aspects, phases, and stations of the Cathedral Church and its beautiful choir. From an intellectual historical perspective of the church, to the history of the organs, the choir and its musicians, and the myriad of outstanding musical activities, to the off-shoots of allied groups, culminating in a brief analysis of selected compositions by Ekundayo Phillips. Indeed, it is a monumental contribution that would inevitably elicit the study of church music in higher institutions. Church musicians and music students, choristers, music lecturers, composers, historians, choral conductors, music ministers, clergies, and even musicologists, would certainly benefit immensely from the wealth of repository inculcated into this book.< Less
The Centenary of the Cathedral Church of Christ Choir, Lagos By Godwin Sadoh
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The Cathedral Church of Christ Choir, Lagos, is the oldest choral group in Nigeria nestled within the oldest Anglican Cathedral in Nigeria. This book is divided into 18 chapters narrating the... More > taxonomical aspects, phases, and stations of the Cathedral Church and its beautiful choir. From an intellectual historical perspective of the church, to the history of the organs, the choir and its musicians, and the myriad of outstanding musical activities, to the off-shoots of allied groups, culminating in a brief analyses of selected compositions by Ekundayo Phillips and Babatunde Sosan in the last chapter. Indeed, it is a monumental contribution that would inevitably elicit the study of church music in Nigerian higher institutions. The Cathedral Church, Church musicians and music students, choristers, music lecturers, composers, historians, choral conductors, music ministers, clergies, and even musicologists, would certainly benefit immensely from the wealth of repository inculcated into this book.< Less
Three Sketches on Atonality for Piano By Godwin Sadoh
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Composed in 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Three Sketches are my first attempt at atonal composition. The pieces are short, exciting and dramatic. Each piece is stylistically unique. Even... More > though the tonal scheme is western in conception, the triune work is infused with subtle African flavors and nuances as expressed in the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic constructs, contrapuntal interactions of the left and right hand, as well as deliberate avoidance of conventional cadential points.< Less
Ola Ilu for Bassoon Solo By Godwin Sadoh
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This piece was composed on Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. It is a lively piece based on two Yoruba folksongs, "Baba Alawo Mo Wa Bebe" (Native... More > Doctor, I have Come to Ask for Forgiveness). The song is taken from a folk tale story about a married man whose wife was barren for a protracted period of time. He went to the native doctor to assist his wife to conceive. The native doctor prepared a concoction for him to take to his wife with the strong warning that the man must not slip or fall, and he should not touch his mouth with his hands on his way home. Unfortunately, the man went against the native doctor's instructions because he tripped at the root of a tree and touched his mouth with his hands. As commonly practiced in Nigerian traditional culture, the song is normally performed in call-and-response. The second tune from which the title of this piece is derived, "Ola ilu Wa l'awa Ma Nwa" (We Are Seeking the Honor of Our Country), is another Yoruba folksong.< Less