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Christopher Ducasse
Koze Dantan (String Orchestra)
Old Time Stories
4:40 minutes
Year of composition
String Orchestra
$40.00 (Full Score and Parts)
July 7, 2019
Le Villate, PV. Haiti
Pierre Leroy

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"Koze Dantan," which is a Haitian Title that means "Old Time Stories," is a reminiscence of some habits in Haiti where in the old days, families would hang out at night, and the older would tell stories to the young. Those stories would vary from horror to war, love, and funny stories; in summary, it was stories about how their time differed from what we were living in, which was a way to keep the memories from the past alive, and also for us the next generation to learn from the more experiences and move towards a better future.

This composition is based on a Haitian Rhythm called "Yanvalou." Yanvalou is a Rhythm and Dance of Haiti named after its associated movements. Yanvalou is one of the most important rhythms in Haitian folklore; it is sometimes linked to "Knowledge," "Patience," "Strength," and "Healing." Usually played on Three different congas named "Manman (mother)," "Segon (second)," and "Kata," the latter being always played with sticks on the body of a conga, or one Conga playing a combination or summary of all those three instruments. The beat of the rhythm of Yanvalou is a combination of

Triple-Duple time (1-2-3 |1 2) in this composition, with three eighth-notes forming the triple and two dotted eighth-notes (or eighth-notes Duplet) for the duple.

*Computer Generated Sound
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