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The Nanking Years

Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Classroom materials
Solo instrument (Keyboards)
Instrumental parts
Not available

PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MP3 FOR BEST RESULTS. This piece refers to the ancient importance of Nanking in Chinese History. It uses the pentatonic scale, a format favoured in Chinese music, and is a great way of introducing this format into teaching and learning. Based in C, it is accessible to most players, and yet gives a rich and accomplished result when played. It also gives huge scope for using the World Instruments found on most modern keyboards, including the flutes and gongs. The extra right hand notes in small print are optional.

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