Sheet Music: Nanatsu no Ko

TitleNanatsu no Ko
Alternate titlesSeven Children
Seven Baby Crows
ComposerNagayo Motoori (1885–1945)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG major
RangeB4–E6
Time signature4/4
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time1:10
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-08-10
Last updated2011-08-10
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Categories
Nursery rhymes

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Wednesday 10 August 2011

Tune of the Day: Nanatsu no Ko

aka “Seven Children”, arranged for flute and piano

This popular Japanese children's song was composed by Nagayo Motoori to a poem by Ujō Noguchi, and published in Kin no fune (“The golden ship”) magazine on July 1921. The title can be translated as either “seven children” or “seven-year-old child”, and was never clarified by the poet. The song refers to a mountain and a crow crying kawai, the Japanese word for cute. Ujō Noguchi often told the story behind the poem: A crow flies in the direction of a mountain, and two boys stand below watching. One boy says to the other, why does the bird fly and cry at the same time? His friend says, because her babies are waiting on the other side, and she is calling kawai, kawai to them since they are her cute children.

In the manga and anime Detective Conan, the phone number of the boss of the Black Organization is #969#6261, which reproduces the beginning of this tune.

Thanks to Claire for suggesting this piece!