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Little Lullabies (for string quartet)

Music / Sound - Composition


Type Of Work


  • Music / Sound - Composition

Abstract


  • This piece is based on the melodies of four traditional Japanese lullabies.

    Many Japanese lullabies were songs originally sung by poor peasant girls who were forced to leave home to work as nursemaids for wealthier families. These girls - who were only children themselves (usually between five to twelve years old) - had to look after the babies of their masters and mistresses, as well as help with household chores such as cleaning and cooking. The young nursemaids often carried the babies all day on their backs, and so their lullabies were sung not only to soothe the babies to sleep but to express feelings of hardship, loneliness and yearning for their own families back home, as well as to alleviate their sadness.

    The tuning for Little Lullabies is a 7-limit just intonation scale.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Narushima, T.. Little Lullabies (for string quartet). 28 Mar. Los Angeles, CA, USA: MicroFest, 2014. http://microfest.org/just-folk/

Date First Performed


  • 28 Mar

Length Of Performance


  • 5m 30s

Type


  • Musical Score

Url


  • http://microfest.org/just-folk/

Venue


  • Art Share, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Place Of Publication


  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Type Of Work


  • Music / Sound - Composition

Abstract


  • This piece is based on the melodies of four traditional Japanese lullabies.

    Many Japanese lullabies were songs originally sung by poor peasant girls who were forced to leave home to work as nursemaids for wealthier families. These girls - who were only children themselves (usually between five to twelve years old) - had to look after the babies of their masters and mistresses, as well as help with household chores such as cleaning and cooking. The young nursemaids often carried the babies all day on their backs, and so their lullabies were sung not only to soothe the babies to sleep but to express feelings of hardship, loneliness and yearning for their own families back home, as well as to alleviate their sadness.

    The tuning for Little Lullabies is a 7-limit just intonation scale.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Narushima, T.. Little Lullabies (for string quartet). 28 Mar. Los Angeles, CA, USA: MicroFest, 2014. http://microfest.org/just-folk/

Date First Performed


  • 28 Mar

Length Of Performance


  • 5m 30s

Type


  • Musical Score

Url


  • http://microfest.org/just-folk/

Venue


  • Art Share, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Place Of Publication


  • Los Angeles, CA, USA