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DNP60-1189 


CHOCTAW 


Johnson, Matt 




Choctaw 


by 

Matt Johnson 


www.MattJohnsonMusic.com 


DNP60-1189 


CHOCTAW 


Johnson, Matt 



COMPOSER'S NOTES 

• Listening to my grandfather's tales of chieftain ancestry led to this lyrical boyhood 
imagining of my Choctaw roots. 

• Melody is of the utmost importance. 

• Use finger substitution extensively to achieve a legato melody. 

• Observe that two voices often occupy the same staff. 

• Sometimes reduced notes are used as either optional notes to be played or to show the 
continuation of a melodic idea. 

• Each piece of music is an entity. While this piece was "captured" once in a sound recording, 
this written score may vary a bit from the recorded version...and that's okay. 

Every performance will be (and should be) slightly different. 

• Notes are negotiable—meaning, these written notes will render a realistic performance if 
every note is played exactly as written. However, as long as the performer remains true to 
the identity of a piece, notes may be added or deleted (especially in the left hand 
accompaniment parts). 

• Although too cumbersome to notate each instance, I often hold down the lower note of an 
octave in the left hand. 

• The composer engraved this work and acknowledges that clarity of intent often won over 
strict adherence to notational rules. 


Peace, 

Matt Johnson 




www.MattJohnsonMusic.com 

Copyright © 1989 Dolce & Nuit Productions (ASCAP). Worldwide Rights Reserved. 



Choctaw 


Pulsing (J = 58) 


MATT JOHNSON (ASCAP) 
www.MattJohnsonMusic.com 


Piano 


Bm/E 

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Em 


Bm/E 


Em 


Bm/E 


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Peace, 




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