Notes from the arranger
While quite a melancholy and meditative melody, its lyrics are nevertheless cheerful and joyous. “Sakura” is one of the oldest Japanese folk songs and is entirely composed from the sounds of the Japanese pentatonic scale (Hirajouji), which is, again very different from the familiar pentatonics of Chinese music. Unpretentious and simple at first glance, the song nevertheless unfolds to majestic dignity. For me personally, it is Japan’s greatest gift to the world of music.