I stumble the hardest over note values when arranging. My counting game is incredibly weak. I learned triplets when I disastrously attempted to accompany Dvorak’s cello concerto.
Revisiting the Spirited Away score in depth, I came to appreciate Hisaishi’s evocation of his minimalist roots. The Empty Restaurant is a delightful example of this that I expanded on in my paper on Ghibli film music. Most of the piece is sparse enough that I was unable to lock down the counts until tonight. I sat down, cranked up my headphones, and looped the beginning of The Empty Restaurant until the above emerged (albeit in a weird super deformed shape in my notebook – I initially used 2 measures of 5/8 each).
Having found the basic meter (which sets the beat for the measures immediately after), everything else should be easy up to the point where Chihiro’s parents get into eating. There are some unusual motions there that I don’t think I’ve yet nailed down.
The TOK cla-tter TOK TOK drove me crazy (in my ignorance) all day until I wrote it down – and then it all made sense.
I think that’s enough arranging for today!