A MEDLEY OF POPULAR GHANAIAN TUNES FOR THE STRING ENSEMBLE

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The following Medley of Ghanaian Tunes for the String Ensemble, have come out of my memory bank. These are tunes heard over the past decades of my current existence that I have harmonized and arranged. The �introduction� as well as the brief �interludes,� are newly composed, however. These arrangements have been done in the months of March - June of 2010. The African musicians whose styles have had influences on me include Kwamena Ray Ellis of �Keyboard Africa fame,� the �Wulomei� group as well as the Late Phillip Ghaho - the founding father of the Ghana Symphony Orchestra and the composer of the Ghana National Anthem. It is to these musicians that this work is dedicated as well as to the People of Ghana, whose popular tunes have made great impressions on me. It is also dedicated to music lovers, the world over.

IDEAL ENSEMBLE Violin I: 16 Violin II: 16 Viola: 12 Cello: 12 Double Bass: 8

SELECTED TUNES (Approximate Translation)

1) My Love to You 2) Be Happy 3) Ladies Love Opulence 4) My Two Troubling Sisters 5) The Home of Danger 6) All Shall Be Well as Nature is Just 7) In Praise of �Concubitus� 8) Undermining with Gossip 9) Admonishing the African Race 10) Don�t Flirt


Score ID
108745
Composer
Year of composition
2010
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
20 minutes
Instrumentation
String orchestra
Genre
Modern classical music
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