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Sheet Music: Sakura Sakura

TitleSakura Sakura
ComposerTraditional Japanese
 
InstrumentationFlute and Guitar chords
KeyA minor
RangeB4–C6
Time signature4/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (60 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (374 kB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (393 kB)
Date added2010-01-18
Last updated2010-01-18
CategoriesTraditional/Folk

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Monday 18 January 2010

Tune of the Day: Sakura Sakura

Traditiona Japanese song

“Sakura Sakura” (“Cherry Blossoms”) is a traditional Japanese song set in early spring, when the cherry trees are blooming. Today it is often sung in international settings as a song representative of Japan. Contrary to popular belief, the song did not originate from very ancient times; it was probably composed during the Edo period (1603–1868) for children learning to play the koto (a traditional Japanese instrument similar to the guitar).

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Blanketing the countryside,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Thanks to Kiersten for suggesting this piece!