Piano score for “Hiroshima child”

"Hiroshima child"
music (c) 2016 Farmboy (Antonio Bonifati)
lyrics (c) Nazim Hikmet (1901-1963)
distributed under the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license


"This is the simplest and saddest song I have ever written.
 It gives me the shivers every time I play it."
    -Farmboy

PIANO

This should be performed on the violin, but you can also use an
electric keyboard with a violin voice (e.g. Yamaha XGlite (c) 464).
Notes should be "legato", so keep each key pressed until the very last
moment you push the next one. It sounds nice even if you play only the
melody, with one hand, e.g your right hand.  Since only the first five
notes of the C natural scale (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol) in the central
octave are used and mostly in scale order or reversed, and because
there is no need to ever move hands, this song is very easy to play
and suitable for children who are just starting out. Even a small
keyboard suffices, e.g. any toy keyboard.

To develop right and left hand coordination, you can try to duplicate
each note in the octave immediately before the central one, thus using
the following key-finger assignment:

                                   central octave
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|  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |
|  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |
|  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |  | | | |  |  | | | | | |  |
|  |_| |_|  |  |_| |_| |_|  |  |_| |_|  |  |_| |_| |_|  |
|   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
|   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|___|
  4   3   2   1   0           t   i   m   r   p
      left hand                  right hand


For a more melodic version, you can make some diads  (2-note chords),
either with one or both hands, using two fingers of each hand at the
same time. The note to add is always a Do (C). You may want to keep it
pressed until the next diad or release it just before the next note.
The effect is a bit different, you choose. Or you can just use one
finger of the left hand to play a low Do along with some notes of the
melody (played in the central octave) in order to stress them - the
exact notes to harmonize are notated below in the score. Or you can
play just the octave before the central with your left hand, making
the diads without sustain - you may find it is easier in this case to
hit the notes with your hand flat.

Note the last two verses are repeated. Slow down on the last verse and
prolong the very last note to finish the song. As you can see the
melody of the first two stanzas just repeats over and over, so there
is not much to learn.


   Do       Do       Do
Do Sol  Sol Fa    Fa Mi Re   Re 
I  come and stand at ev-ery door

             Do       Do
Do  Re   Mi  Fa   Sol Fa Mi   Re
but none can hear my  si-lent tread

   Do        Do      Do
Do Sol   Sol Fa  Fa  Mi   Re   Re 
I  knock and yet re- main un-seen 

          Do       Do
Do  Re Mi Fa   Sol Fa Mi Re
For I  am dead for I  am dead 


          Do      Do
Do  Re Mi Fa  Sol Fa     Mi Re
I'm on-ly sev-en  though I  died 

         Do             Do
Do Re Mi Fa  Sol Sol Fa Mi
in Hi-ro-shi-ma  long a-go 

           Do      Do
Do  Re  Mi Fa  Sol Fa Mi  Re
I'm sev-en now as  I  was then 

               Do      (Do)    Do
Do   Re   Mi   Fa  Sol  Fa Mi  Fa
when chil-dren die they do not grow 


   Do       Do           Do
Do Sol  Sol Fa   Fa      Mi   Re   Re
My hair was scor-ched_by swir-ling flame 

             Do      Do
Do  Re  Mi   Fa  Sol Fa   Mi   Re
My eyes grew dim my  eyes grew blind 

      Do       Do         Do
Do    Sol  Sol Fa  Fa     Mi   Re   Re 
Death came and tur-ned_my bones to dust 

             Do         Do
Do  Re   Mi  Fa   Sol   Fa Mi  Re
And that was scat-tered by the wind 


           Do        Do
Do Re   Mi Fa    Sol Fa   Mi Re
I  need no fruit I   need no rice 

           Do                 Do
Do Re   Mi Fa     Sol Sol Fa  Mi
I  need no sweets nor e-  ven bread 

           Do       Do
Do Re  Mi  Fa Sol   Fa  Mi  Re
I  ask for no-thing for my-self 

          Do      (Do)   Do
Do  Re Mi Fa   Sol Fa Mi Fa
For I  am dead for I  am dead 


    Do       Do      Do
Do  Sol  Sol Fa   Fa Mi   Re  Re 
All that I   need is that for peace 
             ask

              Do      Do
Do  Re    Mi  Fa  Sol Fa    Mi Re
You fight to- day you fight to-day 

   Do       Do        Do
Do Sol  Sol Fa   Fa   Mi   Re  Re 
So that the chil-dren of this world 

             Do       Do
Do  Re    Mi Fa   Sol Fa    Mi Re
Can live and grow and laugh and play 


            Do        Do
Do Re   Mi  Fa   Sol  Fa Mi   Re
So that the chil-dren of this world 

(slowing down)

             Do      (Do)       Do
Do  Re   Mi  Fa   Sol Fa    Mi  Fa
Can live and grow and laugh and play
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