Composer: Kosaku Yamada / arr. Fumito Nunoya
Arranged by Fumito Nunoya
Duration: 5 min.
One of the beloved Japanese Children’s Song, Akatombo (Red Dragonfly), was composed by Kosaku Yamada in 1927 with the lyrics written by Rofu Miki. The lyrics say that “when I see a red dragonfly, I get a nostalgic feeling and recall my hometown and my mother”. It is said that the lyrics was from Miki’s own experience.
Before his passing, my grandfather (who was so kind) owned numerous rice fields in Japan. Every autumn, swarms of red dragonfly fly over the golden rice fields. Each time I perform Red Dragonfly, I recall my youth and the warmth of my grandfather come flooding back to me.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the people who have helped me during the process of making this arrangement. Without their help, it would not have been possible.
Marimba (5 Octave)
About the composer +
Kosaku Yamada (1886-1965) was a Japanese composer and conductor and is the first musician known in Europe and USA. After studying at the Tokyo Music School, he left Japan for Germany to study composition under Max Bruch and Karl Leopold Wolf and piano under Carl August Heymann-Rheineck, and after the study in Germany, he went to USA and conducted orchestras in New York. After returning to Japan, Yamada introduced classical music to Japan and contributed to Japanese classical music scene.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Gomes
Photo: Hiroko Yamada
Courtesy of Japan Music-Drama Society
Engraving: Fumito Nunoya
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