This is a score I composed for a dramatic production by my high school. From Anchorage Press Plays:
"Kyushu, a Japanese "street orphan", is admitted into a Hiroshima hospital in the mid 1950's. When it is discovered that she's losing her eyesight, ths spectre is raised whether she is also a victim of "A-bomb illness". Despite her denial that she was in Hiroshima during the bomb blast, she is visited by a ghastly memory of the burned out city, the Cockroach Woman, and she resists all attempts by a Japanese physician and an American psychologist to help her. She falls more deeply into depression and hopelessness---until her chance meeting and eventual friendship with a young A-bomb patient named Sadako gives Kyushu the strength and desire to recover."
I notated/sequenced the score in Geniesoft Overture 4, applying reverb (Sonitus-fx: "Large Hall") with Sonar 5. The two sample libraries used are Garritan Personal Orchestra and East/West Quantum Leap Ra. It's about split down the middle, with instruments from Ra tending to solo, and instruments from GPO tending to back up and color. However, there are plenty of moments that primarily feature the orchestra. I found that the two libraries blended together well and accentuated the Western approach to Eastern material. However, I tried to (at least, from the perspective of a child's play composer) capture some of the original Japanese culture in the music, not lampoon it. Ra instruments used include the koto, shamisen, shakuhachi, dizi, katana (pitched percussion), gong, taiko drums, and erhu and yali tambur (not Japanese instruments, but they had great sounds). I also incorporated "Zou-San" ("Mr. Elephant" or "The Elephant Song"), which is a traditional Japanese folk song, chosen by our director to represent the world of schoolchildren in Hiroshima prior to the atomic bombing. Cast members sang this song periodically throughout the play, but since I wasn't able to decently record them, I added some instrumental arrangements of the song to the album for listening.
The album is available here. Click "Listen" to hear the whole album (27:36), or click on the individual tracks to listen to them and read the accompanying plot summaries.