Jonah Sprandel performs “White Field~a bird sings an epilogue” by Tsutomu Narita
Available Sunday, April 25, 2021
Jonah Sprandel is accompanied by Belford Hernandez. Tsutomu Narita is a Japanese composer and arranger known for his video game music works.
Narita makes regular use of syncopation and extended techniques such as the altissimo range and glissandos throughout the piece, making this
fun but challenging to play. “White Field~a bird sings an epilogue” is about the changing seasons of a white world as seen from the unique perspective of a bird.
It begins with a repeated eighth-note pattern in the piano while the saxophone builds up to a rhythmic section. In this next section,
while the piano continues with a new rhythmic line, the saxophone can often be heard playing ascending runs consistent with the upbeat mood.
The piece then transitions to a lyrical section in a new key and time signature, bringing about the feeling of expressiveness that might
come from the changing seasons. Lastly, Narita finishes off the piece by combining the rhythmic and expressive characteristics of the
previous sections in a new key and with a sense of brilliancy.
Jonah is a senior at DGS. He was a member of the school’s Wind Ensemble for three years, playing as the principal saxophonist for two.
Although he is not a member this year, he continues to play in other ensembles, including a saxophone quartet and saxophone duo, and
study privately with Professor Roger Birkeland from Elmhurst University. Jonah has participated in the ILMEA District 1 festivals during
his sophomore and junior year, and he was selected for the All-State Honor Band his junior year. He has also attended various saxophone
summer camps and festivals, such as the Indiana University summer camp with Dr. Otis Murphy and the Chicago Saxophone Day, where he
performed in a masterclass with Dr. J Michael Weiss-Holmes. Outside of his saxophone studies, Jonah enjoys playing tennis and conducting
science research at a local university and his high school. Although he will not be majoring in music in college, he plans to continue playing.