This piece ‘Fragment’ is one of a piece from “Suite” consisted of six pieces. This piece was composed in February 1933 which was the year Meirou Sugahara was at the age of 36. The period is equivalent to the period he published the books such as “Orchestration” and “Illustration of Instruments” and collaborated with Michio Miyagi on the composition.
The score of this piece ‘Fragment’ is included in “The World Music Collection, instrumental music section, vol. 33”. It was composed in a period when Sugahara’s musical style transfer from of the Impressionists to the classicists according to the writing by him. This piece was performed by a pianist Leo Shirota in October 1933 and broadcasted on ‘An Evening of western Music’ by JOAK.
There is no bar line in the score, but each phonetic value is stated. Its instructions about dynamics are only ‘p’ and ‘pp’ except for crescendos in two places. There is melancholic atmosphere in the music, but you had better to play it without giving yourself up to the sentiment.
There are no fast passages as well as complicated rhythms, so each tone is very important. The tone types of ‘Ritsu scale’ such as D-E-G-A and A-H-D-E appears in various places and that is the reason why it sounds somehow nostalgic.