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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Goemon Main Theme (Reprise)

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Whoaaahhhh....! This is what I call as a combination between laziness and busyness :D I already proceed Goemon around 2 months ago. This was the hardest piece of violin sheet I'd ever encounter. Yet, the process was totally fun and took time. I need a month to finish only the melody part. This was caused by the musical difficulty. The tempo was unstable and many time changed its time signatures. Yet, so many expression marks must be written. As a whole, I paid attention to all details. Lucky that my mentor enjoyed to help me and this score, somehow, had widen my knowledge about orchestration. So, to understand the whole composition, I think I will start with my comments about the whole scores for Goemon.


Goemon music scores were one of the best musical work I'd ever heard. Matsumoto Akihiko, as composer, had done the very best compositions where everything fits the scene. If you only hear the musics without attention, then you might think that the scores were easy to play. But alas, once you paid attention, you would find all the details from tempo, dynamics, expression, the often changing signatures, and complexity of orchestration. To make it worst, almost all compositions in Goemon had the same manner *sigh*.

These kind of scores needed not only skills but also precision and ability to understand the music structures and emotionally attached to scene. I think, why Goemon as movie could become superb because it was being supported by the music scores aside from film technical skills (e.g editing).

The Changing Tempo
Please, please, pay attention to the changing tempo. To make it easier, we (me and my mentor) decided to just write it as "Rubato" from the very beginning, where -- mostly conductor would guide you to the changing tempo. So many parts in this piece had a 'holding tempo'.. while we don't want to write too much notes to explain. The best is, you must hear the music I provided in the compressed file. However, if you play by yourself, you can setup by yourself the 'holding tempo'.

The Changing Time Signature
Also, pay attention to the time signatures. I tried to make some clues by putting in some 'secondary sounds' as accompaniment to the main melody. From bar 17 to 24, and bar 35 to the end are the sample where I put some clues. You don't (or even cannot) have to play the secondary sounds though; but for pianist, it is still possible. For violinist, you can play the secondary sounds from bar 38 to the end.

Can I Play, Can You Play? (Important to read!)
Pianist check:
Ohhhrite.. it depends. For pianist, it is still possible for beginner-intermediate to play. Just simplify the accompaniment sounds (left hand). Please pay attention that the legato (slur) that I put in the paper is all for violinist. Decide by yourself how you define the legato and other musical signs you need, including the finger-numbers.

Violinist check:
For violinist, please check yourself; have you:
- mastered position especially up from 5th position at all strings?
- mastered how to play tremolos?
- stabilized your bowing?

These are the main keys to play this score. Like it or not. As a beginner-intermediate, even that I already understand how the positions work, I still have difficulty to stabilize my fingers in the tune and there are times that the sounds become false (heheheh). And because I'm left handed, it is hard for me to stabilize the tremolos while working with highest position. (But as a stubborn student, I managed to play... crappy, for sure hahahaha)

I won't say that beginners and beginner-intermediate cannot play! If you're far from positional study, force all high notes to the normal one that you can handle. Discuss with your mentor, re-write my transcribe to your own.

For intermediate-expert (level 4) and expert (5), decide by yourself (and your mentor's help) how you want to manage the finger-numbers, the slurs, and other details. Things and difficulties that I experiences may be different from yours, so your wisdom is needed.

Other instruments:
This score is actually also suites the viola. So if any viola player wants to have the transcribe for viola, contact j-madness.com immediately. If you are a member of deviantart.com, directly leave your message/comment to me. 
This also goes to any other instrument.
Since I haven't learn other instrument like woodwind, brass, cello, etc, I'm not giving any comments. However, I'm open to receive your comment to help your fellow players to play this piece.

So,.. E N J O Y!

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