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Dancing in the Wind

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Yosuke Fukuda

Yosuke Fukuda


General Info

Year: 2004 / 2022
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - 13,000 yen   |   Score and Parts (digital) - 13,000 yen   |   Score Only (print) - 1,300 yen


Instrumentation

Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (optional)
Bassoon I-II (optional)
E-flat Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
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 (III, IV optional)
Trombone I-II-III (III optional)
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Timpani
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum (or Bongo, Shime-Daiko)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Dancing in the Wind is one of five "warm-up" test piece options commissioned for the 2004 All-Japan Band Contest, an evaluation attended by secondary, collegiate, community and company bands. By design, it is to be of a moderate grade, melodious, and enjoyable to prepare.

Throughout the work, several themes are passed amongst sections and soloists. The mid-point interlude offers stylistic variety as theme coalesce to present a unified concluding statement. The motives are voices to present a lively, assertive tempo, although at times with an elusive, dramatic effect.

- Program note from Carmel High School Wind Symphony I concert program, 14 December 2005


I have been creating works under the theme "Hokusai Impressions" for some time. Hokusai is the famous Ukiyo-e painter of the Edo period, Katsushika Hokusai.

Ukiyo-e is a unique style of Japanese ukiyo-e that depicts the world through color, balance, form, and above all, the use of color to highlight Japanese customs and manners. Debussy was inspired to write the symphonic poem La Mer after seeing Fugaku Sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji), Kanagawa Okinamiura at the Paris Exposition at the end of the 19th century. Van Gogh also attempted to copy Ukiyo-e in his career.

The power of Ukiyo-e is to stimulate the imagination ... I believe its legacy is a strong sense of originality. It is not the result of the culture of the common people of Edo, which was isolated from the rest of the world, but rather the fact that the Japanese people originally possessed the power to enhance their culture. I would like to go back in time to experience the Edo period, when this power was strongly apparent.

I, too, have created works under the theme of "Japanese originality," though I do not know of my success. I have the lofty goal of approaching the "originality" of the ukiyo-e paintings of Hokusai Katsushika, which I admire.

As for Dancing in the Wind, I was interested in creating the world of Sharaku's "Kabuki pictures" and "iki" for band. I started with the idea of creating an "imaginary Kabuki stage." In the end, I had wind floating in the air in my mind. That's how the title came about.

I believe that the expression and color of the piece changes considerably depending on how it is performed. I am very much looking forward to your various performances, stages, colors, and winds.

Prior to publishing a revised edition, I made significant modifications to parts I felt needed enhancement as I observed numerous performances, especially performances of varied instrumentation. Therefore, the following changes have been made to the orchestration:

  • More optional notes (cue notes) were added to accommodate small bands.
  • The range has been expanded to create a broader sound in large ensembles.
  • Increased tempo options.

- Program Note by composer


Awards

  • 14th ASAHI-Composition Prize, 2003, winner


Media


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP II
  • South Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: IV


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

None discovered thus far.