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Yumiko Matsuoka: Collection Volume 2

Song NameComposerArrangerVoicingAs Performed By
Danny BoyYumiko MatsuokaSATBBVox One
The Star-Spangled BannerFrancis Scott KeyYumiko MatsuokaSATBBVox One
Eleanor RigbyJohn LennonYumiko MatsuokaSATBBBeatles
Where Is Love?Lionel BartYumiko MatsuokaSATBBVox One
Pure ImaginationLeslie BricusseYumiko MatsuokaSATBBVox One

The Lennon-McCartney classic "Eleanor Rigby" retains some of the flavor of the original Beatles' arrangement intact by giving the background vocals a string-like texture in the opening section. It then goes through a couple of key changes and gives different parts an opportunity to sing the melody, while the background supports with strong harmony and interesting counterlines. Arranged for a cappella quintet Vox One, the classic "Danny Boy" song showcases a soprano solo. In the middle section, the alto and tenor parts weave a line reminiscent of a brook in a green field of Ireland. Lush, complex harmony and a dramatic build-up reward both the singes and the audience. Recorded on Vox One's, Chameleon. The national anthem is treated here with solemn but inspirational sound. The rich harmony, without going too far away from the original, builds to a climax with contrapuntal lines that make it interesting for the singers. Written for the New York-based group the Western Wind, Yumiko's arrangement of 'Where Is Love?' opens with a mezzo/alto feature backed by flowing lines reminiscent of a small string ensemble. After the interlude, the melody is passed onto different parts with a surprise ending that involves a couple of tonality changes. Written for a cappella quintet Vox One's comeback album of the same title, 'Pure Imagination' features a soprano solo with the background vocals that re-creates the dreamy world of Willy Wonk'a Chocolate Factory. Come and explore the harmony and texture that builds up to a fantastic climax. It will make you want to watch and savor the movie once again.

Item code: 2221B | Sheet Music | $15.95 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | A Cappella | Mixed 5-8 Parts
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