by Ayumi Okada
For Solo Piano, Late Intermediate, 5 Pages
This is a comical solo piano piece depicting a moment in children’s daily life. It is inspired by my own experience growing up in Japan where children go to school on their own. I used to walk to school with my friends who lived close by. We were full of curiosity every day and always found something interesting that happily distracted us on the way to school (still got to school on time mostly!)
Portrayed in this piece is a group of children, living in the countryside, walking to school together. As soon as they start their journey to school, they find a puddle in the middle of the path and jump in. After having some fun playing in it, they try to go towards their school but still feel playful so they look around instead. A little frog hops in on the path.
While all other children are absorbed in the chase, one child attempts in vain to remind everyone that they should probably head to school. After missing the frog in the ditch, they are too disappointed to get back on track. However, when one of them suddenly remembered that there’s a quiz at the beginning of the first class, they dash to school at last.