The "Sakura Variations" is a virtuoso concert piece for solo classical guitar that weaves a dreamlike tapestry in homage to the original Japanese melody, full of mystical evocations of spring, clouds, misty landscapes and serene meditative solitudes.

Based on the Japanese folk tune "Sakura", it means "Blooming Cherry Blossoms." Originally composed in the Edo period, its lyrics are translated as:

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms, Blanketing the countryside, As far as you can see. Is it a mist, or clouds?. Come now, come, Let's look, at last!

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