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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Suddenly, Last Night --- 009-1

Well,... at last, we are at the very last night of 2011. I feel nervous and amazed that somehow I can pass this year after so many dramas on my life. My heart is pounding and I am looking forward for 2012 as I preserve the memories of 2011.

I am writing this while hearing Suddenly, Last Night -- a tune from 009-1. The first time I heard it, I felt like 'wow... this is so romantic! so Hollywood! So american movies!' And when I checked the composer's name, I was more amazed... 'whaaattt? Iwasaki Taku made jazz? Don't be kidding!!' But yes, he did. It was proven that my collection of his works was less than expected, so I missed to hear broader style of music from Iwasaki.

All About The First
This sheet is my first attempt to work with brass and woodwinds sounds. I am not really sure about the octave range, so for now I still leave it for Clef of G. More than that, this is also my first time to seriously work with jazz sounds and having difficulties to find the correct chords. I think, I spent 1 hour only to write the melody, and 2 hours straight to write the chords. I think, from all of sheet I'd ever wrote, this one has so much Chord's guidance. Not to forget, this is the first sheet I am working with so many tuplets.

Suddenly, Last Night is a romantic and sweet tune. I am pretty shock that nobody ever transcribe it (oh, let me know if there's any..) All the brass that played as main tune was played sweetly. The accompaniments - piano, guitar, strings - just fill all the gaps structurally and nicely.

Difficulty
The main tune is not really hard. Pay attention to how you produce the sound of your instrument to avoid a 'harsh' sound. Even that in original performance it was played with several brass instruments, it can be a solo. And you can be accompanied with only piano or guitar. Pay attention to the tuplets, especially for beginners. So far, I would recommend the intermediate to expert students to play. Beginners and Beginners-Intermediate can use this sheet as an 'etude' of studying tuplets and various change of tunes (massive changes of sharps, flats, and naturals).

Accompaniment's Note
I personally choose piano as accompaniment if only performed by 2 people. Simply because it is played in lower octaves which balanced the sweetness of the melody. However, this is my personal choice. If it is played by guitar, I advise to have one more guitarist or bassist or a violoncello to handle the bass sound.

Since it's a jazz tunes, it has a lot of chords to play and sometimes it's to close one each other. I have it hard to write them in one straight line. So to specific bar, I have to force one of the chord to go down a little. The picture I put here must be used for part C and C', especially on specific bars as mentioned below:
- bar 35 and 39 of page 1
- bar 67, 71, 75, and 79 of page 2.

All "Am/F#" should be played when melody is on E (mi), and chord "F#dim/B" should be played when melody is on D (re).

Possibility for Public Performance
Well, if you can influence your music teacher to teach the class to play, why not? Anyway, this tune is very flexible. It can be performed by group band of 5 players to a full orchestra. It is so flexible that I can see possibility for drummer to take part.

A Closing
When I heard this tune, I just know this will suit for my finale post of 2011. Suddenly, I realize that I am so happy and blessed to meet a lot of Japanese soundtrack enthusiasts. I am happy to share more with you. Wish you all the best on 2012; may you achieve every goal you make. Happy new year and E N J O Y!

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