Seagulls (RYUTARO), early-20th C. sentimental Japanese popular song ("浜千鳥" or "Hama-Chidori"), for SATB a cappella voices, arr. and English text by Pamela Webb Tubbs
Here is a new, English-language version of the early 20th C. Japanese folk song, Hama-Chidori (literally translated, "Thousand Bird Beach"). Its timeless message crosses cultural boundaries, recalling sounds and sights of the sea as well as enduring parental love. Included with this arrangement are transliterated Japanese phonemes and a pronunciation guide. Original Japanese: 浜 千 鳥 あおい つきよの はまべ には おや を さがして なく とりが なみの くにから うまれでる ぬれた つばさの ぎんのいろ よるなく とりの かなしさは おやを たずねて うみこえて つきよの くにへ きえて ゆく ぎんの つばさの Transliteration from Japanese: HAMA-CHIDORI A-o-i tsu-ki-yo-no ha-ma-be ni-wa. O-ya wo sa-ga-shi-te na-ku to-ri-ga. Na-mi-no ku-ni-ka-ra, u-ma re-de-ru, nu-re-ta tsu-ba-sa-no, gi-n-no-i-ro. Yo-ru-na-ku to-ri-no, ka-na-shi-sa-wa. O-ya-wo ta-zu-ne-te, u-mi-ko-e-te. Tsu-ki-yo-no ku-ni-e ki-e-te yu-ku, gi-n-no tsu-ba-sa-no. Hama-chidori. Japanese Pronunciation Guide Vowels are sung as in Italian or latin: A = ah I = ee O = oh E = eh U = oo (e.g., ki = kee; gi = ghee [hard G, as in golf]; also, n = as in the "ng" part of the word "sing"–tongue on roof of mouth, buzz in nose)
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