Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Jackson Hill
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hinshaw Music
Edition:   HMC2005
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Peter Schleif
Winona Senior High School 2005
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

This is actually a new edition of a piece published in 1982, and is a setting of a ninth century Japanese poet. Based on a pentatonic chant and without much forward movement, the piece provides for a rather ethereal atmosphere. The text, reflecting on the change of seasons, is placed in the middle of a tone painting, giving the work a sense of suspended time. This would be an excellent choice for a high school or older choir, looking to work on sustained tones.