Composer
COLEMAN,V
Title
Umoja - The First Day of Kwanzaa
Instrumentation
2 C-flutes,bass flute (or flute, oboe, clarinet)
Publisher
International Opus
Grade
2
Product Code
06I050000001

Umoja - The First Day of Kwanzaa composed by Valerie Coleman
Written for 2 C Flutes and Bass Flute (or for woodwind trio: Flute, Oboe and Clarinet)
Includes score and parts

Umoja is the Swahili word for "unity" and is the first day in seven in the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa.  The original composition calls for unity through the tradition of call and response and was first meant to be a simple family sing-along song for Kwanzaa.  As it was added to the wind quintet repertoire of Imani Winds, it soon became a signature piece of the ensemble.  This version for trio may be played by two flutes and bass flute or by flute, oboe (or flute 2), and clarinet.  Even though the meter is in 3/4 time, the melody and percussive upper wind accopmaniment is mostly phrased in 6/8 when there is syncopation.  Most importantly, the entire feel should be in 1.

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