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Spring Recital:

Music Around the World

Dakota Lee - Scarf Dance

From Mauro Giuliani’s Op. 50, No. 1, Le Papillon actually means “the bow ties.”

Everett Lee - Russian Sailor Dance

From the popular Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber, it is interesting to note that the 2011 version of the book calls this a traditional Russian folk song, while an older version includes the Ukrainian name Ikhav Kozak za Dunaj and its English translation, “Lead On, Black Horse.”

Savannah Lee - Santa Lucia

The original lyrics of this Italian song celebrate the picturesque waterfront district Borgo Santa Lucia, in the Guilf of Naples with an invitation from a boatman to take a ride in his boat to enjoy the cool evening.

Nori Hughes - The Swan

The French classic, Le Cygne is the final movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns and is best known as a cello solo.

Dahlia Ward - Sakura

Sakura refers to cherry blossoms, which are celebrated in art, film and music in Japan. 

Allie Jo Tonks - Spanish Caballero

This song about a Spanish horseman uses arpeggios at the beginning and end to imitate the quick chords and strum that is well-known in Spanish classical guitar music.

Scott Floyd - Bongo Drummers

Bongos are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed hand drums of different sizes.

Cora Gonzalez Donley - Eskimo Boy

A piano favorite in my family, this song tells of the amazing resilence of native Alaskans living in the land of “ice and snow.”

Mikaela Jaramillo - Mockingbird

Based on the Haitian song “Yellow Bird,” this piece highlights the famous calypso rhythm of the Caribbean.

Karen Lee - Hawaiian Love Song

In this piece, Canadian composer Truax uses glissando on the piano to imitate the strum of the guitar that is associated with traditional Hawaiian folk music.

Andrei Icleanu - The Spider Dance

This Italian song is called Tarantella because, as the story goes, a boy bitten by a tarantula danced and danced to the tune until the poison perspired from his body.

Julia Peacock - Spring

As the title suggests, this piece represents one of the seasons in Antonio Vivaldi’s well-known violin concertos, The Four Seasons.

Azriella Jaramillo - Yankee Doodle

One of the most famous American folk songs, Yankee Doodle actually began with British soldiers making fun of Americans soldiers and their perceived lack of refinement. Later, ironically, British soldiers sang it to American soldiers as a sign of respect at their surrender.

Keira Neary - Fifth Symphony

Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 is sometimes called the “Fate Symphony” because the opening notes sound like fate knocking at the door.

Oliver Icleanu - Hungarian Dance

Though the composer of Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor is German, Brahms toured with Hungarian violinist Ede Reményi in his early years as a composer, and this song has since been tied to Memories of Bártfa by Hungarian composer Béla Kéler.

Syler Ramos - Morning

From Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Morning is one of the most often played melodies in classical music. 

Sam Baylis - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Also from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, this easily recognizable theme about a troll king has attained iconic status in popular culture and has been arranged by many artists.

Monroe Ramos - Make Your Own Path

The song Jôdi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tôbe Ekla Chôlo Re by Rabindranath Tagore exhorts the listener to continue their journey, despite abandonment or lack of support from others. It is often quoted in the context of sociopolitical movements and translates: “If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.”

Emory Icleanu - Can Old Days Be Forgotten

A rendition of Auld Lang Syne, Tagore’s Purano Sei Diner Katha is a Bengali folk song that forms one of the recognizable tunes in Rabindra Sangeet, a body of work consisting of 2,230 songs and lyrical poems that form the backbone of Bengali music.

Samik Bandyopadhyay - A Touch of Sweet Breeze
Phule Phule Dhole Dhole is another of Tagore’s famous Indian songs that is often accompanied by dance. As part of the dance, children act out flower buds swaying in the breeze and birds flying, and the lyrics reflect on the peaceful images of spring.
Annabeth Barrow - The Swan
Le Cygne is the final movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns and is best known as a cello solo.
Merayla Icleanu - Pavane

The Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, is a short work by the French composer Gabriel Fauré and is titled after the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name.

Theodore Chuang - Longing for Spring Breeze

Bāng Chhun-hong is a Taiwanese song composed by Teng Yu-hsien and written by Lee Lin-chiu. It tells the story of a young girl admiring a handsome boy from afar and being tricked by the breeze when she thinks it’s a knock at the door.

Brayden Neary - Rainy Night Flower

An important song in both Taiwan and Japan, Rainy Night Flower is also the original of the Japanese song Ameno Yono Hana. Popular during World War II, this is a sad song about the pedals of the flower being beaten down in the rain and follows a story of a woman beaten down by life. It is also titled “The Torment of a Flower.”

Felicity Chuang - Descendants of the Dragon

A more modern Taiwanese song, Long De Chuan Ren was written by Hou Dejian in 1978. Originally written to protest, this song has a complex history as it became highly successful in Taiwan as a nationalistic anthem, was used in mainland China as a call for unification, and was adopted as an anthem by protestors at Tiananmen Square, while still being promoted by the state in China, as well as in Taiwan.