Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   NA
Arranger:   Rachel Stenson
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishers
Edition:   #SBMP-979
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Jonathan Kopplin
Richfield High School
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Rachel Stenson teaches vocal music and general music courses at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan. Fuyu No Uta is a piece about snow with Japanese and English text that is well-suited for a beginning elementary choir. Written in ABA form, the piece begins with melodic material shared between the two vocal parts. The soprano section introduces a higher descending melodic line at bar 30. The B section is set apart by the slowing of the tempos and a modulation to C minor. The A section returns at measure 70 and pairs the higher melody in the soprano line with the original melodic material sung by the altos.