One Thousand Cranes

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One Thousand Cranes, op. 142
Riverview High School Band, Sarasota, Florida, Mark Spreen, Director
and the Florida Bandmasters Association
2010 – grade 4 – 5:20
Alfred Music – #33857


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In Japanese culture, being presented with an origami crane is a something to be cherished.  According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be granted their wish. Beginning as if in a dream, you'll experience floating melodic lines that seem to suspend in air.  Musical lines grow and subside expressively throughout, mimicking the folding of paper in origami, creating numerous musical moments of varied emotions and moods.  An outstanding work for developing expressive playing.