Le Joyeux Mandarin (Kleynjans)

Le Joyeux Mandarin is the fourth movement from Le Coin des Guitaristes Op. 119 by Kleynjans. Coin des Guitaristes translates as Guitarist’s Corner. Kleynjans wrote this piece as a memory of his 40th birthday.

The title already suggests that the piece has a Chinese atmosphere. This becomes especially clear with the glissandi in bars 9-11 and 13-15 and the pizzicato section in bar 12. Kleynjans himself recommends: Don’t play it too fast, but cheerfully and rhythmically.

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