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Grasshopper Playing Tricks on a Rooster

Composer: Folk Song

Instrument: One Marimba

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2019

Price: €20.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: ca. 4 min.
      Arranged by Twincussion Duo (Jen‐Ting and Jen‐Yu Chien)

      Taiwanese folk songs usually depicts a scene of old time, simple village life in rural Taiwan. “Grasshopper” is a metaphor of a little girl, and "rooster" is a old man. The old man accumulated power and wealth, want to flirt with the girl. A grasshopper is a favorite prey of roosters. It is clear what would happen if a grasshopper tries to tease a rooster. So the original lyric is about how the young girl use her wisdom (tricks) to fight back to the elder man. Taiwanese folk songs usually present in sorrowful but also a wise self-comfort to look for excuse for difficult life in the old time.

      This piece is transcribed by Twincussion from the piano arrangement of pianist Yi-Chih Lu. The idea of the piece is presenting the Taiwanese melody flows in diverse variations and approaches, both in a virtuosic and entertaining way. “Grasshopper playing tricks on a rooster” premiered in University of Texas in San Antonio in 2016. Since then it was widely been played by Twincussion in Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.

  • Instrumentation +
    • One Marimba (5-octave)

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    • Performed by Twincussion Duo:

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover: Gaia Gomes
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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