Free Electone sheet music and registration data for 大地回春 (Da Di Hui Chun). Let’s welcome the return of spring!
Per what I’ve been doing since Year 2020, here’s a slightly different take on the classic Chinese New Year song, Da Di Hui Chun (大地回春).
“Slightly different,” because while I started with the full intention of making this a Jazz Bossa Nova, with Wanderly-style staccato chords and all, I wasn’t able to come up with a proper adlib. In the end, I went the convenient way and used some of the ELS-02C’s Chinese rhythm presets to create a brief drum interlude.
I will admit it too, despite all my fine-tuning, the sudden switch to and from a boisterous Lion Dance-alike interlude sounds odd. Within my Youtube video, I partly mitigated this, visually, by using that section to showcase some of my better spring festive pictures for this year.
But as you can guess, that’s not even the start of a solution. Would a Bossa break or drums segment be better? Or should the tune just repeat the chorus right away and head for the final stanza? The way most performances of this famous festive song would do?
I’ll leave that to you to decide. Meanwhile, for all who are celebrating next Tuesday, Happy Year of the Tiger 2022! May you be wealthy, healthy, and let’s see, mighty as a tiger too? Yeah.
Yamaha Electone Sheet Music and ELS-02C Registration Data for Da Di Hui Chun (大地回春)
Warning! The registration and Finale PrintMusic files are zip files! You might need to disable your virus/malware protection before downloading.
As I have disabled the function, do not right-click to save as. On PCs, simply click on the links and the file should auto download in a separate window.
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- I feel this is a Grade 7. Me arranging everything in C major likely makes it an easier Grade 7 too.
- The above-mentioned, err, Lion Dance interlude is entirely in Rhythm Sequence 3. In other words, if you want to remove it, just don’t activate that sequence. Note, though, the Chinese drums return in the coda and these are in User Patterns 9 and 6. To turn these off, just deactivate the Add Drums for those patterns.
- Elsewhere, I didn’t do much amendment to the drums. They are all based on the various Bossa Nova/Pop Bossa presets of the Electone ELS-02C, with some cymbals and agogos added in.
- Working on the registrations made me realise, again, that ELS-02C drawbar sounds are near pointless. While they do add a slight kick, the Organ presets are varied enough for most purposes.
- Frankly, I’m not too happy with the trumpet sound, and I’m again using Trumpet 6 with some VA backup; this is the only combination that I can stand. I really should devote some time to creating a User trumpet sound that’s closer to what you hear in classic recordings.
Lastly, I’m sure you’re aware that the Lunar New Year for us Chinese has always been about … HUAT, i.e., MONEY WINDFALL. And so I’ve … hidden TWO SPECIAL NUMBERS in this arrangement.
SPECIAL NUMBERS, or Zhen Ji (真字). Specifically, two sets of 4-digits that you can play around with for any festive lottery.
May you listen to my arrangement, buy number, then HUAT till you roar like a tiger!!!!!!!
Boisterous CNY Songs (at Supermarkets)
Since the advent of social media over a decade ago, the same (sarcastic) comment about Chinese New Year festive music has appeared online each year. At least, on pages popular with Singaporeans.
Specifically, how soothing, romantic Christmas music is replaced overnight with boisterous CNY songs the moment Dec 25 is over. Gong Gong Gong, Bang Bang Bang. WISH YOU HUAT HUAT HUAT!!! You risk a headache at a (NTUC) supermarket if you spend more than half an hour doing your grocery shopping.
Now, to the unfamiliar, such comments probably border on being racially offensive. In an age celebrating wokeism, downright unforgivable too.
And yet, “objective speaking,” one has to agree that modern CNY songs are largely trapped in a raucous template, one that emphasises being as loud as possible in every bar AND beat. More often than not, lyrics exhibit maniacal obsessions with windfalls too.
Why is this so? Older festive compositions from the 50s and 60s aren’t like this; those serenaded the spring and the rejuvenation of life, and still felt festive. With thousands of years of heritage, surely being loud WHILE making money is also not what’s most important to us Chinese?
Or … is it?
I shall ponder no more, lest I wander into unforgivable grounds myself! I’ll just take it that somehow, the mythical Nian has returned, and is haunting (NTUC-alike) supermarkets for pineapple tarts!
We need loud music, and gongs, and hollers of HUAT, to scare the rascal away each evening.
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