Bonsai Tree, The (flex)

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2010 /2020
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

5 flexible wind parts
2 percussion parts
(Details to come)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sandai-Shogun no Matsu, a five-needle pine bonsai (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) is considered one of Japan’s national treasures. The tree is at least 500 years old and is considered to be one of the oldest known living bonsai trees. It is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu (August 12, 1604 - June 8, 1651) who was the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty. Sandai-Shogun no Matsu is housed in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. "Although the center of this famous tree’s trunk is now totally hollow, it has been carefully nurtured for generations, and gazing at its gnarled form today, a sense of awe is felt at the forceful destiny that has allowed such a small piece of life to survive for so many centuries."

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Nebraska Kearney Wind Ensemble (Duane Bierman, conductor) - 8 April 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Bright, Jeff. "The Bonsai Tree." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 328-335. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Creative Repertoire Initiative
  • Giroux, J. (2010). The Bonsai Tree [score]. Musica Propria: San Antonio, Tex.