Archangel Raphael Who Leaves a House of Tobias

From Wind Repertory Project
Masanori Taruya

Masanori Taruya

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fostermusic
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental (¥28,800JPY)


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Tam-Tam (optional)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Archangel Raphael Who Leaves a House of Tobias is based on the story of the Archangel Raphael in the Book of Tobit. The composer provides the following narrative in the score:

While traveling with Raphael disguised as a human, Tobias met Sara who was possessed by a demon. Following the instructions of Raphael, Tobias smoked the heart and the liver of a huge fish he had caught, and Sara was exorcised. Later, Tobias married Sara after heeding Raphael's advice, and they live happily after. When Tobias returned home, he poured the liver juice over the blind eyes of his father, and he regained his eyesight. Then, Raphael revealed his true self, instructed them to write down the story, and returned to Heaven.

The piece begins mysteriously with the woodwinds, which transforms into a melody that provides an image of the vast lands and seas. The middle of the piece portrays the obstacles that the two faced, and the end of the piece expresses how they overcame those obstacles and the ending of the story, where all is resolved.

Archangel Raphael Who Leaves a House of Tobias was written for the Osaka Philharmonic Winds (Yoshihiro Kimura, conductor) in 2008.

- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Keck, Thomas. "Archangel Raphael Who Leaves a House of Tobias." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 699-705. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Taruya, M. (2008). Archangel Raphael Who Leaves a House of Tobias [score]. Fostermusic: [s.l.].