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Singapore - 2. Three Years And Eight Months

Year of composition
ChunYuan Xiao
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts

Three years & eight months, in Singapore has a special meaning for the years born around 1900 to 1940s. It is during this period, Singapore a then British crown colony, met with Japanese attacks & the Japanese finally won & occupied for three years & eight months.

The song describes a man lost his family during the war & the over-confidence of the British & the unprepared feeling of the community towards the war.

The music is in C minor, & the tempo starts from grave & ends in moderato. It is also this main reason,when Singapore became independent, the government stresses on compulsory conscription on all males aged 18 for 2 to 2 and a half years.

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